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Trump appointee resigns after bigoted comments surface

Trump appointee resigns after bigoted comments surface Trump appointee resigns after bigoted comments surface
Melinda Barton | 20 January, 2018, 03:54

It was less than five years ago that Carl Higbie proudly espoused racist, homophobic, and Islamophobic views on a radio station, but now that he's been forced out of a position in the Trump administration, he says those interviews don't reflect who he is.

Carl Higbie, the chief of external affairs for a U.S. government volunteer organization, has resigned, following newly discovered comments he made on several radio shows.

When speaking about veterans diagnosed with PTSD, Higbie reportedly said, "I'm going to go out on a limb here and say, and a lot of people are going to disagree with this comment". It also manages volunteer services like AmeriCorps and Senior Corps.

CNN released audio copies of the comments Higbie made on talk radio that included smears against Muslims, undocumented immigrants, LGBT people, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi among many others.

"People are like, 'well, you can't hate somebody just for being Muslim, '" Higbie added.

Talking on a similar show in 2013, Higbie said dark ladies think "rearing is a type of government work", Kaczynski underscored.

In another audio that has come to light, Higbie, a former Naval officer himself, passed off military veterans with PTSD as having a "weak mind" and said he thought a large number of those suffering from it were actually faking it.

In another segment that dealt with immigration, Higbie is quoted saying, "What's so wrong with wanting to put up a fence and saying, 'Hey, everybody with a gun, if you want to go shoot people coming across our border illegally, you can do it" for free.

After Trump's election win, Higbie was criticized by members of Congress, including Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., for citing the US use of Japanese internment camps during World War II as a precedent for a potential immigrant registry. "But when someone performs an act of violence that is a weak mind, that is a insane person, and the fact that they're trying to hide it behind PTSD makes me want to vomit".

A former Navy SEAL and right-wing talk radio host, Higbie was a Trump campaign surrogate in 2016. I'm sorry if black people are the majority of the targeted audience. "Somebody who lives in my condo association that has five kids, and it's her and her husband with the five kids and the mother, the grandmother of the kids, and they don't have jobs, they're there all the time - I bet you can guess what color they are - and they have no job", he said.

Of undocumented immigrants, Higbie, on another episode of "Sound of Freedom" in 2013, said that Americans with guns should be able to shoot undocumented immigrants who attempted to cross into the United States at the border.

Higbie later took to Twitter to issue a full apology, tweeting: "I'm sorry".

He called California Sen. And he put her in her place, that was just fantastic.

White House correspondents were not available for a comment on his resignation.