Former Trump administration official Carl Higbie has lost his book deal just days after CNN discovered a series of racist, sexist, and homophobic comments he made while working as a radio host.
Higbie resigned Friday from his job as the chief of external affairs for the Trump administration’s volunteer service organization, promoting groups like AmeriCorps, just one day after CNN’s Thursday report on his earlier comments. But the fallout has continued with his publisher pulling his 2016 tome, “Enemies, Foreign and Domestic,” about Higbie’s time as a Navy SEAL, the book’s publisher told CNN Monday. A page advertising Higbie’s speaking services at the Premier Speakers Bureau has also reportedly since been taken down.
During his time as a radio host for the Internet talk radio program, “Sound of Freedom,” Higbie publicly made the following comments:
"We're promoting birth control to a black woman because of the incredibly high rate of children born out of wedlock that are under-cared for or not cared for at all. The taxpayers are tired of supporting government checks going to these people who think that breeding is a form of employment.”
"I was called an Islamophobe and I was like, 'no, no, no, no, no, I'm not afraid of them. I don't like them. Big difference.' And they were like, 'well, you're racist.' I was like, fine if that's the definition of it, then I guess I am.'"
"Go back to your Muslim shithole and go crap in your hands and bang little boys on Thursday nights.”
“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.”
"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’?”
"Rhode Island, land of more liberals, has just OK'ed, gay marriage. 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."
Higbie has since apologized several times for his comments, tweeting, “I’m sorry. I’m not sorry that my words were published, I am sorry that I said them in 2013. Those words do not reflect who I am or what I stand for, I regret saying them.”
Higbie also later told the New York Times that his views had evolved since he’d made the comments, and that he’d made the comments while he was trying to transition back to civil life. Higbie also said he has “very close friends” who are gay and that he’d learned that “they’re normal people.”
“It was a good experience for me to understand that you can’t just hate people because of that,” he said. “Not that I hate them. I just didn’t understand the ideology. And I was wrong to have that opinion.”