Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, mocked the response from a former top aide in the Obama administration to his challenge to debate. He made the retort from his social media account Monday.
"PREDICTABLE," Gorka tweeted, "I guess an MA in Fictional Writing ill equips [Ben Rhodes] to publicly explain what he was doing in the White House for 8 years."
He was responding to CNN's Jake Tapper, who passed on a reply from Ben Rhodes, the former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications for the Obama administration.
According to Tapper, Rhodes said, "I have no idea what Sebastian Gorka’s actual job is and have even less interest in debating him on television.”
Gorka had mocked the foreign policy failures of the Obama administration Thursday on CNN while speaking with Jake Tapper. When Tapper protested Gorka's comment that no former military members advised the Obama administration, Gorka retorted that Ben Rhodes had more influence despite only having a master's degree in creative writing to his credit when he was hired.
“Not people as influential as Ben Rhodes who had a master’s degree in fictional writing,” Gorka responded. “That is disastrous.”
“Well, I’m sure he would put his graduate degree against yours any day of the week,” Tapper jabbed. “Sebastian Gorka, I appreciate your time.”
“Anytime, I’d be glad to debate him on your show,” he responded.
Some have cast doubt on the credibility of Gorka's Ph.D in political science from Corvinus University of Budapest, saying that it was granted under dubious circumstances.
Gorka has been celebrated by supporters of the president for his attacks on the media while defending the administration on cable news shows. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper referred to Gorka as "the Hungarian Don Rickles" for all the insults he's hurled against CNN.