Editor’s note: Response to former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka’s on-camera interview with Rob Bluey, The Daily Signal’s editor-in-chief, was overwhelmingly positive from our audience. Here’s a generous sampling. Remember to write us at [email protected]—Ken McIntyre

Dear Daily Signal: I am so tired of the “mainstream media” having only specific topics that are inane at best and totally manipulative in their divine estimation (“Former White House Insider Explains Why Trump Is Uniquely Able to Challenge the Left and Media”). Thank you for Rob Bluey’s informative and thoughtful interview with Sebastian Gorka.

In the commentaries and interviews I have seen in The Daily Signal, I have never thought that there was any kind of trap-setting. And the answers are nontargeted because the questions are nontargeted. Opinions are expressed as such and are not taken as a “source” for phony or adjusted fact.

I love Mr. Gorka and his dry wit. It is uplifting for me to see the dialogues without the defensive/offensive attacks.—Karin Callaway

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Sebastian Gorka’s intelligent observations speak to his qualifications and perspective. Men of like minds can help make America great again.

President Trump should end all benefits for Congress, from Obamacare exemption to military transportation, to reserved parking at airports. That would give him good headlines or popularity with the people, and he would never run out of wrongs to right. He could make government transparent by requiring public access to department spreadsheets of all spending.

Congress and the deep state and the lobbyists all function on honor among thieves. Besides building the wall, nothing more than taking on congressional corruption would assure re-election.—Michael Watson 

As a dedicated American, it was with a happy heart that I was able to catch Rob Bluey’s interview with Sebastian Gorka. Finally, I have all the reason to go on believing in America’s principles set down by our forefathers.

This interview made that possible, and I want to thank Mr. Bluey and Mr. Gorka. I will be making a copy of the transcript and keeping it with me to refer to for a long time to come. Godspeed.—Sylvia Rachel Quinn, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

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Thanks for keeping us informed with the interview with Sebastian Gorka. I was disappointed when I learned about his having to leave the White House, and then started to see shady (to me) new appointees.

I hope to read more of Rob Bluey’s work. Lucid and with a good number of questions providing the reader wonderful insight into the subject. Merry Christmas!—Tessie Pasa

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Thank you to Rob Bluey for his to-the-point questions to Sebastian Gorka. I thoroughly enjoyed the questions and answers.

All pertinent and relevant to President Trump and national concerns. Gorka’s answers regarding threats were a beautiful example of his ability to explain complex issues in tight, concise language.—Norma Berrios

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Excellent piece, with well-thought-out questions. And naturally, Dr. Gorka’s responses were very insightful, introspective, and reassuring. Thank you to Rob Bluey and all his colleagues at The Daily Signal for being the medium of truth, justice, and the American way.—Sanford P. England, Indian Land, S.C.

What a great interview. Gorka’s views on foreign affairs were insightful. Thank you for the transcript. I did not vote for Trump, as I did not feel his conservative track record was all that steady. But from everything he has done so far, I am warming up to voting for him in 2020, if he runs.—Joseph Vander Jagt 

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Legal immigrants appreciate this country more than Americans sometimes, because they know what it is like to live under oppressive governments without the freedoms we enjoy here.

Our public school system is indoctrinating students with progressive nonsense rather than teaching students to be critical thinkers and teaching them the truth about socialism and communism.—Marilyn Regan

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The Daily Signal has a great opportunity to educate us to deal with the left’s Marxist “talking points.” I would like to see a list of Gorka’s statements that make evident the distortions of the left’s lie-laden propaganda.

It’s difficult to respond to the craft of lie-making of the left because the way they form their statements can be difficult to entangle. I know something is twisted in what they say, but can’t always find a way to cut through the fog. Apparently Gorka has that ability. There are others.

The Daily Signal should give us these educational points with the people with whom you come in contact. Help us to clarify the lies with reality and their illusion of relativity (including moral relativity).—Mark Bigley, Luling, Texas

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All you have to do is take the oath to protect this country against enemies both foreign and domestic, and the “clear responsibility” to preserve human rights and equality becomes paramount in your thinking.

Gorka experienced this through schlepping into the White House daily, and I’m glad it provided him the feeling that many of us whom have sworn the oath have realized since 1776.—Drew Molina

Rob Bluey, editor-in-chief of The Daily Signal, poses questions to Sebastian Gorka, a national security and intelligence expert and former deputy assistant to President Donald Trump. (Photo: Ginny Montalbano/The Daily Signal)

A recurring trope of the right-wing media is that “the mainstream media is unfair, dishonest, and controlled by liberals to promote their agenda.” But it is a false trope.

Gorka’s story in this interview of one journalist, whether true or not, can’t be reasonably extrapolated to tarnish all members of the “mainstream” media. Further, Gorka doesn’t identify this journalist, nor does he even describe the person as “mainstream,” whatever that means.

The right wing has made a major effort to undermine trust in our republic’s basic institutions, including the media, federal courts, scientists and academic institutions, public schools, elections, and on and on.

The damage to our nation’s credibility, psyche, unity, and strength is as palpable as it is repugnant. But these attacks depend on honest people and patriots remaining passive. We won’t.—John Levin

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It is a breath of fresh air having a president who actually wants to solve problems instead of simply talking them to death or kicking the can down the road for someone else to deal with. The left has won virtually all of the arguments because we have not had a leader since Reagan who would debate them.

That’s one reason Reagan was so despised by the left: He made them look stupid and sought the support from the people via periodic TV broadcasts. Trump is doing the same thing, except he uses Twitter and is far more aggressive than Reagan. However, this is justified because the left is far more aggressive today, even though they were not exactly meek back then.

I for one have had enough of milquetoast politicians. I respect people who proudly state their beliefs even if I might disagree. At least I know where they stand. Also, actions speak far louder than words. It’s called character and integrity, which have been scarce over the past eight years.Randy Leyendecker

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Sebastian Gorka is a foreigner, as am I. Both of us committed to becoming United States citizens,  unlike those who acquired their citizenship merely by being born here and didn’t have to give anything up to do so.

So, effectively, most who become naturalized are more patriotic and refuse to cede our rights to the left for perceived safety. We know what it is like not to have the freedoms everyone here takes for granted.—Marine Lt. Col. Klaus von Faustheim (retired)

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Rob Bluey conducted an insightful interview with Sebastian Gorka on how he sees today’s world. The nuances about the Middle East threats, as well as China’s 2049 ambition, are corroborated by the widespread terrorist incidents that happen on a weekly basis, and by China’s intrusion into Africa and South America for natural resources and to buy influence and enterprises.

If the U.S. does not place its fiscal house in order, China has a strong probability of achieving its objective of replacing the U.S. as the world’s ultimate superpower.—F.G. Voltz, Carson City, Nev.

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Great job, Rob Bluey. I love this guy as a true-blue conservative and Trumpist.—B.D. Cook

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Compliments to Bluey for a great interview with Gorka.—Neil Goodman

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Sebastian Gorka is 100 percent right. President Trump is a fighter, and he wins. All the losers like Romney, McCain, and Bush can’t stand him. Trump shed light on the corrupt American government. He could become the greatest president in U.S. history.—Thomas Mathew

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I love The Daily Signal. Thanks for the terrific Q&A with Gorka. He is brilliant. Hope guys like Rob Bluey and Ben Shapiro become major forces in the media. Keep up the great work.—David Nicholas

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Excellent interview. I learned a lot about Gorka through it. Job well done.—Nancy Culkin

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Thank you so much for this article. Bluey is a great writer and Gorka is a great man.—Claude and Linda McLean

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I have listened to Gorka on Fox News Channel a few times and know of his eloquence. Now I know the depth of his awareness.

I find that so many people do not read beyond the headlines and never reach the depths of thought I am alluding to. But, you must keep trying. It is our lot in life.Air Force Lt. ColMichael Fitzgerald (retired)

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I found Rob Bluey’s interview with Sebastian Gorka exceptionally encouraging. Thanks for asking super questions and providing Gorka’s superb responses. Very enlightening.—Peter Jensen

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Thank you for The Daily Signal as an instrument of truth for the American people. I especially liked Rob Bluey’s interview with Sebastian Gorka. Inspiring and so hopeful for our country. With prayers for massive circulation for The Daily Signal.—Sr. Grace Anne Wills, TOR, Toronto, Ohio

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I certainly appreciate Gorka’s candor. He is a great American.—Miguel (Mike) Escobar

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Thanks for putting the interview with Gorka online. It was an excellent interview and really caused me to respect Gorka even more.—Robert Brenner

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Appreciate the insightful Q&A. Really needed to hear what Gorka said.—Nancy Gaenssley

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Great questions and great article about someone who brings clarity to the insanity. I absolutely loved it.—Richard Kelsheimer, Grand Prairie, Texas

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Thanks for cutting to the truth. A very good interview. Sending to friends. God bless you.—Gary and Linda Witt, Buhler, Kansas

Questions About Uranium One

Great article on the Clintons and Uranium One by Fred Lucas (6 Key Elements in Understanding the Tangled Uranium One Scandal”). Please stay after this crime against America. There’s so much swamp and so few honest investigative journalists. I hope you and yours stay true to the cause.—Brannen Edwards

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The FBI had plenty of evidence to prosecute this case in 2009. This was a Justice Department cover-up perpetrated by Eric Holder, Robert Mueller, Rod Rosenstein, Andrew McCabe and others. How do you keep something hush-hush? You have an ongoing FBI investigation. Sorry, can’t talk about that!

When the case was closed, where was all the handshaking and backslapping followed by the “Aren’t we great” press conference? The FBI busts an international (Russian) racketeering scheme—money laundering, kickbacks, and extortion—involving uranium in the U.S., and they’re not going to take a victory lap?

Think about this as well: The FBI announced the closing of the investigation after dinner on Friday. We all know why this sort of thing happens. Sssshhhh!—Danny Lee Cosat

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Aren’t most all of these so-called government officials basically just puppets answering to the puppet masters? In that case, this entire event is a show, meant to keep the masses in a tangled maze, thus creating more confusion followed by apathy. It’s the divide and conquer game. We’re all screwed.—Tom Varano

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Will they get away with it? Sadly, yes. Back in the day, the exposure of wrongdoing was enough to bring down the wrongdoer. Bill Clinton changed all that; now we willingly accept wrongdoing, as long as the state propagandists (media) give their blessing.

Clearly, we are living in an age when despite truckloads of evidence against the Clintons, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, Loretta Lynch, James Comey, Robert Mueller, and others, the coup against President Trump must continue no matter what.

We thought we would have a true champion in Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but tragically, he’s turned out to be an unwitting dupe of the deep state.—Vicky Kay

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This proves how corrupt the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton are. Our FBI and Justice Department have been so politicized they are incapable of investigating anything. We need to clean house and drain the swamp and prosecute all of them.—Lisa Chaumont

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It is becoming clear that cronyism has been resident in the Justice Department and FBI for years, even decades. Recent revelations threaten to kill the trust of the public in government, law enforcement, and more.

Those in power within public service, the Congress, the courts, and the presidency, are playing with the existence of the country. The honor and trust of the nation, and our system of government, is on the docket. “Have they no shame?”—Jaime Manzano

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My questions have been these: Did the FBI, Justice Department, Homeland Security, and others know about this? If not, why not? If they did, did they investigate? If not, why not?

If they did investigate, did they inform Congress and/or any of the agencies tasked with approving the sale of those uranium assets in a timely manner? If not, why not?—John Besharian

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I’m praying the truth will be exposed very soon. The corruption dating back decades needs to be rooted out. America can take the blow as long as truth is the outcome. Examples need to be made in many areas of government, past and present.—B. Younger

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Thanks for clarifying that there is no there there.—Warren Coats, Bethesda, Md.

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Great article, based on fact and not sweeping, smearing generalizations. Like other readers, I am most interested in where the trail of facts ultimately leads.—Mike Lee

On Teaching Kindness and Tolerance

Dear Daily Signal: Kelsey Harkness should lengthen her 6-minute video report on Delta Street Academy (“Through God, This Mississippi Boys School Is Working to Heal the Racial Divide”) to encourage teachers to concentrate on keeping frustration and anger out of the classroom and put the emphasis on helping students to be peaceful, good citizens. Teachers should teach kindness and tolerance, not hatred and racism.

I taught for two years in the Greenwood, Mississippi, schools. They are indeed failing, not only because the students have given up but because the teachers have. The teachers are as poorly trained as the students.

Of course, I generalize. I had AmeriCorps teachers tell me the schools were the worst they ever served in. I agreed, and after two years went back to college, got my master’s, and remained teaching at a college. I have since retired and moved back to Greenwood. The school are worse yet.

I helped a teacher at Delta Street Academy by giving him my curriculum, books, and PowerPoints. Our local library is very close to this academy, and the students visit often. One librarian said the academy students say that academy teachers “listen to them and encourage them to succeed, while they are shouted at and put down in local public schools.” I know this to be true from when I was in the system.

Black teachers put their frustration and hate with their situation onto the students. This does not create good citizens. I applaud Delta Street Academy for listening and being kind to these abused students. They are helping to heal the racial divide.—Persistent Professor

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Kelsey Harkness has done it again, producing another blue-ribbon piece full of joy, hope, optimism, and true life characters who personify courage, resilience, hard work, perseverance, humility, Christian charity, grace, and virtue. Why can’t all the news be like hers? —Jeffrey L. Gainey

Physics and Climate Change

Thanks to Kevin Mooney for his story, “Climate Change Alarmism Is ‘Garbage In, Garbage Out,’ Retired NASA Physicist Says”). Like Hal Doiron, I also have a degree in physics. It is getting a little old now, but I did learn the scientific method and how to evaluate data. I have been telling everyone I know that the climate model being used is nonsense.

Without access to the quality of information referred to in your article, my objection was based on the fact that the data being used was literally garbage, unreliable and frequently skewed intentionally. My other objection was that, even with manipulated data, the result never matched the claims. Thank you for a knowledgeable approach to this issue.—Lloyd Wentworth

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Keep it up and repeat often. Because I live on the coast in Savannah, Georgia, we are inundated with front page articles about doomsday. I even have requested that the editors of our newspaper at least do point-counterpoint, to no avail.

Snowbirds continue to move south and bring their need for big government with them, which means they’re never going to be happy until we look like what they left.—Brannen Edwards

This and That

Rob Bluey’s reporting on the findings of the Axios-Survey Monkey poll about government’s role really shows the true nature of the people of America (“Growing Number of Americans Oppose Government Regulation of Social Media”)The government should never regulate any business entity or media outlet, except in cases such as mergers of companies of like kind that will, in the end, cause a definite monopoly on a particular item or service.

Way back, the government “broke up” some businesses because they got too big to allow competition (AT&T, or “Ma Bell”).  Now businesses have gotten smarter by not staying within their own venues and instead gaining ownership of various other entities with a possible competing service (AOL/Time-Warner).

As an ultraconservative, Constitution-loving, flag-waving, Republican, Christian woman, I am appalled at the way government has been taken over by certain beliefs, that the seated representatives think they know more of what people should have, rather than keeping America and its people safe.Karin Callaway

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Nolan Peterson’s article on Ukraine and U.S. coal is a bit of an eye opener (“Ukraine Turns to American Coal to Defend Itself Against Russia”). Now I think I understand why the dark state communist and radical Muslim sympathizers have fought so hard to curtail American coal and oil companies from expanding into a state of global energy independence.

American energy independence and worldwide energy abundance directly undermine the economies and influence of all the Middle Eastern nations and Russia. This also explains the Russians’ trying to infiltrate North American uranium resources.

The only problem with capitalism is it has been intentionally mismanaged and obstructed by the “progressives” working to subvert it. Otherwise, it works everywhere it’s tried.—John Emmi

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Good for Fred Lucas to write about dreaded communism (“Trump White House Recognizes 100 Years of Victims of Communism”). Just read Mike Walsh’s book, “Trotsky’s White Negroes.” Makes me ill to think about the millions that were killed. So you did the world a favor.—Vilma

How Are We Doing?

As members of the President’s Club at The Heritage Foundation for 25 years, we love referring to The Daily Signal as The Daily Truth. Can’t thank its presence enough.—Bryon and Sandra Odhner

I am grateful for accurate news such as the reports by Fred Lucas. I no longer can trust the major media or TV news. As a retired geologist and combat veteran pilot in Vietnam, I am extremely disappointed in our Congress and in our judicial system. Trump is doing the best he can to drain the swamp.—Fred Hankinson

Many thanks for The Daily Signal. I just read my first Morning Bell. I make my donations to The Heritage Foundation the old-fashioned way, by paper check.—Walter Ling

I urge Fred Lucas and The Daily Signal to help expose the corruption of “the swamp.” Be cooperative and innovative in telling the voters what’s going on in your neck of the woods regarding improprieties.—Craig Schwartz

Casey Ryan helped to compile this column.