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Trump Appointee Quits After Past Bigoted Remarks Come to Light

Trump Appointee Quits After Past Bigoted Remarks Come to Light

Carl Higbie, Donald Trump
Via @CarlHigbie on Twitter

“I don’t like gay people. I just don’t.” 

Keeping a job in Donald Trump's administration is turning out to be quite the feat these days. If you manage to survive one of his cycles of re-appointments, it gives people enough time to dig into your past and see what your historical viewpoints on noteworthy topics are. For Carl Higbie, it didn't turn out very well.

On Thursday Higbie, who was appointed by Trump as the chief of external affairs for the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal government's volunteer service organization, resigned from his position. The resignation came after CNN's KFile revealed years of racist, sexist, anti-Muslim, and anti-LGBT comments made on radio programs.

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Among saying things like he doesn't like Muslims, blatantly saying, "I don't like gay people. I just don't," when Rhode Island passed marriage equality, and accusing the "black race" of having a "lax morality," Higbie also said that gun-owning Americans should be allowed to shoot undocumented immigrants coming into the United States.

"Effective immediately, Carl Higbie has resigned as Chief of External Affairs at CNCS," said Samantha Jo Warfield, a spokesperson for CNCS, in a statement.

Friday morning, Higbie tweeted an apology for his past inflammatory comments. "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."

Read the full CNN article and listen to the soundbites, here.

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