Carl Higbie, the director of advocacy at the pro-Trump America First Policies, said the comments that led to his resignation from a Trump administration post in January were “statistical observations” that were “taken out of context” and were not racist.
Higbie, a former Navy SEAL, stepped down as chief of external affairs for the Corporation for National and Community Service, which manages the volunteer organization AmeriCorps, on Jan. 18 after CNN’s KFile uncovered radio interviews in which Higbie made remarks disparaging remarks about African Americans, women, homosexuals and Muslims.
Among the comments highlighted by CNN were Higbie saying that black women “think that breeding is a form of employment” and that the “high percentage of people on welfare in the black race” is because of “lax” morals.
Higbie also said, “I believe wholeheartedly, wholeheartedly, that the black race as a whole, not totally, is lazier than the white race, period.”
Although he apologized for the language in January, Higbie appeared to defend the remarks during an interview on the Virginia-based John Fredericks Show Tuesday.