Playboy Magazine White House reporter Brian Karem had his bluff called by former Trump official Sebastian Gorka Thursday at the White House after President Trump’s social media summit, with the explosive confrontation leaving Karem looking like little more than a sniveling coward.
Karem, a CNN political analyst, was reportedly unhappy with seating at a Rose Garden news conference scheduled after the summit and was seen taunting some of those who had acquired seats while he was left standing.
With smart phones in action, someone is heard telling Karem, “Don’t be sad, don’t be sad.”
“No I’m just standing around,” Karem replied. “This is a group of people that are eager for demonic possession.”
My $$$ was on Seb as I note pic.twitter.com/yXfJfOKaZT
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) July 11, 2019
The reporter was motioning toward “conservative influencers” who had acquired seating as he spoke, saluting them after his jeer.
The juvenile remark prompted laughter from the crowd.
At this point, Gorka is heard shouting from afar, “And you’re a journalist, right?”
How does Karem respond? Well, much like you’d expect an adolescent to respond, he threatened Gorka with violence.
“Come on over here and talk to me, brother,” Karem called back. “We can go outside and have a long conversation.”
The remark was mocked by some in the media as a “cash me outside, howbow dah” line.
But ask and ye shall receive, because that’s just what Gorka did. He walked across the lawn to within inches of the reporter.
“You’re a punk! You’re not a journalist! You’re a punk!” he then told Karen to his face.
Some in the crowd began chanting, “Gorka, Gorka!”
Having been properly showed up, Karem weakly countered, “Go home. Go home. Hey, Gorka, get a job!”
After Gorka had walked away, ensuring a safe distance between the two — and this is an example of the so-called journalists who pass judgment daily on President Trump.
Jim Hanson, president of Security Studies Group, was one of those who posted video of the confrontation, and he is heard telling Karem at the end of the clip, “Just for the record, he’d kick your punk ass.”
Here’s a different angle shared by Prager U:
— PragerU (@prageru) July 11, 2019
Another angle from New York Times White House correspondent Katie Rogers can be seen here:
Wanted to get the part where a guest at a White House function begins walking toward the press and James O’Keefe is filming and Joy Villa is showing off her FREEDOM gown. pic.twitter.com/ZPIXRRVo6K
— Katie Rogers (@katierogers) July 11, 2019
Of course, Rodgers had to add her #FakeNews twist to the story, claiming in a second clip that Gorka was “yelling at a journalist.”
“POTUS leaves without taking questions. ‘Talk to us! The real news!'” she tweeted. “Then this mess unfolded with Sebastian Gorka yelling at a journalist. Supporter say Gorka could ‘kick your punk ass.’ This is happening in the Rose Garden.”
POTUS leaves without taking questions. “Talk to us! The real news!” Then this mess unfolded with Sebastian Gorka yelling at a journalist. Supporter say Gorka could “kick your punk ass.” This is happening in the Rose Garden. pic.twitter.com/FmE4KYT9eO
— Katie Rogers (@katierogers) July 11, 2019
Rogers omitted Karem’s “demonic possession” taunt and him challenging Gorka to a fight in the clips she shared, making it appear that Gorka was just randomly yelling at him.
Leave it to CNN’s Jim Acosta to offer a professional grade whine to the incident, as he complained that West Wing aides did nothing when social media figures “began to verbally abuse reporters who are trying to do their jobs.”
With a straight face, we’re to assume.
WH officials invited Trump's social media allies to sit in the Rose Garden. But after the event was over, West Wing aides did nothing when those social media figures began to verbally abuse reporters who were trying to do their jobs. A good snapshot of how press is treated by WH. https://t.co/j0Ys542dok
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) July 11, 2019
But the great thing about social media is that both sides of the story can be told… at least when Facebook and Twitter deem it to be acceptable.
Here’s a “post-fight” analysis from Gorka, on being challenged to a fight in the Rose Garden.
“These people are not journalists. They’re punks and political saboteurs,” he added in the caption.
Nothing like getting a member of the FAKENEWS challenge you to a fight when you’re both standing in the Rose Garden of the @WhiteHouse.
These people are not journalists.
They’re punks and political saboteurs.
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) July 11, 2019
“The days when the FAKE NEWS class believes they can get away with insulting America are over,” Gorka later told the Daily Caller in a statement. “Brian Karem is a washed-up has-been who allegedly writes for a soft-porn magazine and who verbally abused Sarah Huckabee Sanders for years. Someone had to take him on.”
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