he longed for the touch of Doctor Sebastian Gorka. "
She is the president's daughter and a convert Jewess. He is a Hungarian man of mystery with ties to an anti-Semitic militia. Theirs was bound to be a torrid love affair.
This week, a niche of political commentators have turned to a new brand of escapism, developing over a Twitter thread elaborate and sultry fan-fic about an imagined affair between Ivanka Trump and former White House advisor Sebastian Gorka.
It was started by author Molly Jong-Fast.
"She looked at his thin spindly neck.
Why? Because, wrote Jong-Fast, Ivanka "longed for the touch of Doctor Sebastian Gorka."
Sure, he wore terrible vests and couldn’t park and made fake business cards but none of that could kill her passion for “Doctor” Sebastian Gorka. pic.twitter.com/q60zMCyzS7— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) September 3, 2018
The licentious thread was quickly picked up by conservative operative and prominent anti-Trumper Rick Wilson.
"She'd returned, reeking of Gorka's musk, flushed with previously unimagined pleasures," he wrote.
She'd lost all respect for Jared after the first night. She'd returned, reeking of Gorka's musk, flushed with previously unimagined pleasures, her senses and desires aflame.— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) September 3, 2018
Jared had looked at her, sniffed back a tear, and continued drinking his wheat-grass kombucha smoothie. https://t.co/G88HXjEIfe
The posts were shared thousands of times. And from there the plot only thickened...
Caught between the lust she inherited from her father, she chose the 13 year old physic of Jared .. but longed for the Daddy touch reminiscent of years gone bye.. she caught Gorka’s eye.. “you will do..”the smell of hair dye and Chinese made fabric took her soul...— Stable genius street-talk girl (@calles_perii) September 3, 2018
Years at her Mothers side had conditioned her to yearn for the older chubbier, less virile of men, and like her Father, Seb Gorka promised no pleasure and endless moral compromise. it was as if God had made him just for her.— Deborah Kerwin (@debkerwin) September 4, 2018
Yes, Jared was younger but Sebastian Gorka had a goatee and Jared could only muster one lonesome hair on his right nipple. She dreamed of that manly bristle and Gorka’s beguiling aroma of vodka and cigarettes; Jared smoked a Juul.— Storeys (@N8Storeys) September 3, 2018
And then the pushback. Inez Stepman, an opinionator at The Federalist, was aghast.
Pardon me, but why are you writing gross pornographic fanfic about Ivanka? What is wrong with you? https://t.co/6SBSpOhJmS— Inez Stepman (@InezFeltscher) September 3, 2018
But making a more subtle point, Twitter user Courtney Shadegg mocked the manifest Trump Derangement Syndrome, which appears to have escaped the realms of political vexation and turned into a full-blown fetish and a prurient fantasy.
“We’re not obsessed.” <writes Trump fan fiction> pic.twitter.com/d65G9Yq6Zl— Courtney Shadegg (@CShadegg) September 3, 2018
And to be fair, Ivanka is the first daughter of the President of the United States. Traditionally, children of the president were considered off-limits by the media.
Unlike Sasha and Malia Obama, the Bush twins, and Chelsea Clinton, however, Ivanka technically works in the White House. To some, this makes her fair game.
Also worth noting is that at the head of the administration sits a man uniquely hostile to negative commentary and bad press, but whose claim to fame rests on a successful career of tabloid fanfare and reality television. Moreover, throughout much of his career, Donald Trump has himself made his daughter a topic of yellow conversation.
Note: The editorial team hasn't decided yet on the proper term for fan fiction written by detractors.
Adam Johnson is an editorial intern at Pluralist.
You can reach him at Adam.J.Pluralist@gmail.com.