The media has a "strange attitude" to the threat of terrorism, and during the Obama administration, there was an effort to "almost dismiss the real nature of the attack almost instantly," author Sebastian Gorka, a close adviser to President Donald Trump, said Tuesday.
"There was a White House-approved version of what reality is," Gorka claimed on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "There was this [attitude that] it's nothing to do with religion. Don't use the word jihad. It's about unemployed people. Remember the famous phrase all you need are 'jobs for jihadis?' So there was this White House narrative, and the media just facilitated it."
On Monday, the Trump administration released a list of 78 attacks it claimed the media had not sufficiently covered. Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday morning the list was issued because the Trump administration did not want people to believe such attacks are the "new normal."
Meanwhile, ongoing legal battles over Trump's executive order on travel into the United States from seven countries in the Middle East means there is "more misinterpretation of what is a very, very clear executive order," said Gorka.
"The rights of the president, as laid down in the 1952 law and more recent law, are very explicit," said Gorka. "If there is a national security threat to America, then he has every right to halt this temporary [order] and put a stop on those who wish to immigrate to the United States or who wish to get refugee status. This isn't invented. This is in the law. And I expect it to be upheld."
If the order isn't upheld, it will appear to be because of politics, said Gorka.
"This is one of the saddest things we see, more and more judges who want to legislate from the bench," said Gorka.
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