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Why does this unrepentant racist and nationalist still have a job in the White House?

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04.05.2017

With Donald Trump reaching the 100-day mark of his presidency, his tenure thus far can be separated into two distinct chunks. At the beginning, the White House seemed energized yet consumed by chaos. Courts blocked Trump’s executive orders. The president’s claims that former US president Barack Obama had wire-tapped then-candidate Trump fell flat. The president even insulted the Australian prime minister.

Over the past few weeks, however, Trump has achieved something approaching relative—if unproductive—stability. Hearings on his campaign’s ties to Russia have stalled, while the remarkable resignations that characterized his first weeks seemed to have slowed. Something of an “Axis of Adults” appears to be rising, while the sun may be setting on Steve Bannon, the ur-nationalist who may have already flown too close to the political sun.

But the continued presence of one nationalist figure, with retrograde views on everything from Islam to the First Amendment, is a reminder that the fringe is still never too far from Trump. Deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka pushed into the executive branch in January. As reports swirl about a potential exit by the Hungarian nationalist, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on how a man with his perspective on the world has been allowed to remain so close to the Oval Office.

Before his US career, Gorka honed his political attitudes in Europe. Born in the UK to Hungarian parents, Gorka worked his way into post-communist politics in Budapest. Hungarian media have described........

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