Carl Higbie just resigned as the chief of external affairs for the federal government’s volunteer service organization. Higbie’s resignation follows an investigation of him by CNN. This incident proves that there were racists in the Trump administration. Racists love the Trump message and they want to be a part of his program.
I take the charge of racism seriously, so I will provide evidence to support my claim. Here is what Higbie said about a woman who has five kinds:
In one of the comments unearthed by [CNN] KFile, Higbie said you could “guess the color” of a family he described that lived in his condo association.
“I told this story the other day on my show. 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.
Perhaps this statement can be interpreted in a non-racist way. Try this one:
Speaking on ‘Sound of Freedom’ in December 2013, Higbie, while recounting a time he placed an advertisement to give away free firewood, said “the black race” had “lax” morals. He added that black women think “breeding is a form of government employment.”
“Only one person was actually cordial to me,” Higbie said. “Every other black person was rude. They wanted me to either load the wood, completely split it for them or some sort of you know assistance in labor. Now, mind you the ad was for free firewood, come take it all you want. And I believe that this translates directly into the culture that is breeding this welfare and the high percentage of people on welfare in the black race. It’s a lax of morality.”
Higbie is not only racist, but he harbors thoughts of murdering undocumented immigrants:
“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 fo’ free,'” Higbie said. “And you can do it on your own, and you’ll be under the command of the, you know, National Guard unit or a Border Patrol, I think stick a fence six feet high with signs on it in both English and Spanish and it says ‘if you cross this border, this is the American border, you cross it, we’re going to shoot you.'”
Higbie makes the rounds. The LGBTQ community is the object of his disdain:
In May 2013 on Sound of Freedom, Higbie said he did not like gay people.
“Rhode Island, land of more liberals, has just OK’ed, gay marriage,” Higbie said. “Congratuf’in’lations, you suck, Rhode Island. Why would you do that? Go ahead and twist the knife a little, little bit more. I mean, you are breaking the morals, the moral fiber of our country. You know, I don’t like gay people. I just don’t.”
You would think a former NAVY SEAL like Higbie would have compassion for his fellow military members. No, he disparages soldiers of war who suffer from PTSD:
“I’d say 75% of people with PTSD don’t actually have it, and they’re either milking something for a little extra money in disability or they’re just, they honestly are just lying,” Higbie said in August 2014, as a guest on an Internet radio show. “Twenty-five percent legitimately do have problems. They have bad dreams. They can’t cope. They have problems with noises and things like that. And I really think there are people that cannot deal with the stress of combat and some people can.”
As I veteran, I find this statement particularly abhorrent. Should we view Higbie as a patriot?
Higbie admitted he made these statements and offered the following apology:
“I’m sorry. I’m not sorry that my words were published, I am sorry that I said them in 2013,” he wrote. “Those words do not reflect who I am or what I stand for, I regret saying them. Last night I informed the WH that I was resigning so as not to distract from POTUS’ many success. #noexcuses”
Where did a man like this find a political home? Which administration did he find most congruent with his views? Do I have to say it?
Did the Trump administration vet Higbie? How many current members of the administration hold similar views? Presumably, Higbie would still be employed in the Trump administration if it had not been for CNN’s reporting.