ANOTHER AWESOME TRUMP PICK: Katherine Gorka named to Department of Homeland Security team

If the name “Gorka” sounds familiar, it should. Katherine is the wife another close Trump advisor, Sebastian Gorka (right), one of the most respected experts on Islamic jihad, terrorism, and national security issues. During Barack Obama’s presidency, Katherine Gorka extensively criticized DHS for teaching employees that Islam is a ‘religion of peace.’

The Intercept  (h/t Mike F) Katharine Gorka, a highly-respected national security analyst and anti-Islam activist, has been named as an “adviser” to the Department of Homeland Security’s policy office, after serving on President Trump’s transition team for the department. 

Gorka’s appointment is listed in documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the watchdog group American Oversight. Her title, as of April 7, is listed as adviser to the department’s office of policy.

Gorka is the wife and frequent collaborator of Sebastian Gorka, author of “Defeating Jihad” and  deputy assistant to the president, is the former national security editor for Breitbart News, who has called profiling Muslims “a synonym for common sense.” Like his wife, Gorka has accused mainstream Muslim civil rights organizations like the (CAIR) Council on American-Islamic Relations of using “subversive tactics” and having ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Before joining the Trump transition, Katharine Gorka was a contributing author to Breitbart. In one 2014 column, she wrote that when “Presidents Bush and Obama both publicly declared Islam to be a religion of peace” it “struck a sour chord for many,” and that “American and Western leaders have preemptively shut down any debate within Islam by declaring that Islam is the religion of peace.”

In a 2014 column, she wrote in defense of five Republican members of Congress who claimed in 2012 that Muslim extremists had infiltrated the federal government, and that Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Gorka claimed that the New York Times “provided proof of Muslim Brotherhood influence” after it published a story on the lobbying influence of Persian Gulf monarchies like Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government banned Muslim Brotherhood activism — even designating the group a terrorist organization in 2014.

In 2014, Gorka also pushed legislation sponsored by Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. The legislation listed mainstream Muslim civil rights organizations in the United States as “affiliates” — groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of North America.