Gorka Shines at AmericaFest: ‘We Will Win’ The Country Back


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Former top Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka had a simple message for attendees at the first “AmericaFest” event in Phoenix, Ariz., on Monday: Conservatives and conservatism “will win” over socialism and Marxism because the former love their country while the latter is based on “hatred.”

“If not now, when?” Gorka asked at one put during his roughly seven-minute speech, referring to when patriotic Americans will rise up and help defend the country from destructive political and cultural ideologies.

“My parents escaped a Communist dictatorship,” Gorka, who was born in Britain but whose parents left then-Soviet-controlled Hungary, continued. “If we lose America, we have nowhere to run. It is up to us, it is up to you.

“We will not be intimidated,” he said to applause before declaring, “and we will win.”

“Why? Because their fuel is hatred, and hatred will destroy you,” he noted further. “Our fuel is love — love of country, love of the greatest nation on God’s earth. And that is why we will win.”

At a previous point, Gorka discussed getting a subpoena from the Jan. 6 Committee, in which he blasted Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic California colleague, Rep. Adam Schiff, another committee member, before responding to them defiantly: “You chose the wrong enemy.”

Afterward, the crowd erupted the broke into chants of “USA! USA!”


Earlier this month, Gorka predicted that former President Donald Trump will run again in 2024 unless one thing were to happen.

“I saw the president recently in New York. Before I went to see him, I told everybody on my radio show, ‘I give it a 95% chance that he’s running,’” he said. “After the visit, I said ‘99.9%.’”

But one thing that would keep him from doing so is the midterm election results.

“There’s only one thing that will stop him: If we don’t crush the Democrats in the midterm elections next year. Because he can’t be at the mercy of impeachment again. He has to have the House and the Senate behind him,” he said.

Watch below (Gorka begins his speech at the 37:30 mark):

According to his online bio:

With parents who had lived as children under fascism and then escaped Communist Hungary, Sebastian was raised to love freedom. And his love of talk radio developed early. As a child, he would listen late into the night to the shows of the London Broadcasting Company with a small transistor radio under his pillow. It was with this special family background, and growing up under the influence of the Conservative warrior Margaret Thatcher, that Sebastian learned how to fight totalitarian ideologies, be they Fascism, Communism, or Global Jihadism.


In 2008 he moved to America with his family where he continued to work for the Defense Department and become a proud American citizen in 2012. He obtained his doctorate in Political Science from Corvinus University in Budapest and was a fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In Washington, he served as Associate Dean for Congressional Affairs and Relations to the Special Operations Community at National Defense University and has also taught on the Master’s program at Georgetown University.

In 2020, President Donald Trump named Gorka to the National Security Education Board. This board provides strategic consultation and was established by congressional act in 1991.

Dr. Gorka has briefed the CIA, the DIA, the US Navy Seals, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, served as an expert for the DoJ during the Boston Bombing trial, and testified before Congress on the threat of Global Jihadism. He remains a guest instructor at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, at Fort Bragg, the home of the Green Berets.

Gorka writes for The Hill and has written two books for Regnery Publishing. His first “Defeating Jihad,” was a national best-seller and his latest, released in October, is called “Why We Fight…Defeating America’s Enemies with No Apologies.” Before launching his SALEM show, “AMERICA FIRST with Sebastian Gorka,” he was an advisor to candidate Donald J. Trump and served on the staff of the White House in 2017 as Deputy Assistant to the President for Strategy.