The era of Donald Trump has seen some of the most loathsome characters ever to enter the political spotlight. One of the most loathsome of all was Sebastian Gorka, a longtime right-wing provocateur and purported terrorism expert Sebastian Gorka, who parlayed a gig at Breitbart into a brief stint as a senior counterterrorism adviser in the West Wing. Gorka was pushed out after just eight months, but has been far from speechless since then. On the contrary, he has become, if possible, even more rabid in his support for Trump.
For instance, after former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed that Trump had been briefed on the personal role Vladimir Putin took in Russia’s efforts to hack the 2016 election, Gorka irately demanded that Trump “PULL HIS CLEARANCE.” He also called Jeff Flake a “coward” for daring to press for a further investigation into Brett Kavanaugh.
After Robert Mueller gave a press conference on the findings of his investigation, Gorka slammed him as a “disgrace” who was not fit to park cars at the Kennedy Building. And when James Mattis dared to speak out against Trump, Gorka irately demanded that Mattis “act like a bloody Marine.”
All of this is very much in character for a man who once warned that any critical coverage of Trump would be considered fake news, and berated the BBC for daring to ask Trump critical questions at a press conference. Well, apparently someone has found a way to render this loudmouthed wingnut speechless. He had his YouTube account shuttered–and he only has himself to blame.
For some time, Gorka has opened his radio show, “America First with Sebastian Gorka,” with a clip from Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive.” As early as January, several listeners flagged it on Twitter.
Finally, in August, when Media Matters’ Jordan Uhl flagged the clip, Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds personally asked Gorka to stop using the song.
But Gorka apparently shares his dear one’s blinding disregard for copyright and fair use. He kept right at it, even after the social media team at Imagine Dragons’ label, Universal Media Group, flagged the clips.
When the carrot didn’t work, Universal pulled out the stick. On Monday, after one final copyright claim, YouTube deleted Gorka’s entire channel.
Normally, when a social media outlet spikes a prominent conservative, the right-wing tubes are filled with hand-wringing about those evil libruls trying to stamp them out. But Gorka hasn’t said anything at all on Twitter about losing his YouTube channel. Indeed, with few exceptions, this is the reaction from the right.
So far, one of the few responses from Gorka was to block Mediaite’s Charlie Nash when Nash sought a comment.
From the looks of it, we may have finally found a way to render one of the most deplorable of the deplorables speechless. After all, it’s awfully hard to spin blatant copyright infringement and fair use violations with alternative facts.
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