May 1, 2018


Trump Ally Defends Claim That 'The Black Race' Is 'Lazier' (Eric Levitz, 6/01/18, New York)

In 2013, Carl Higbie was a right-wing radio host who said that he believed, "wholeheartedly, that the black race as a whole, not totally, is lazier than the white race, period." Higbie also argued that "the black race" had a "lax morality" and that black women believed that "breeding is a form of employment."

In 2016, allies of Donald Trump's presidential campaign made Higbie the spokesman of the (Trump-aligned) Great America super pac. The following year, President Trump named Higbie chief of external affairs for the federal government's volunteer service.

And then, CNN's KFile unearthed Higbie's reflections on the black race, and suggested that they might not befit the head of communications for the federal department that manages AmeriCorps. Shortly thereafter, Higbie resigned and apologized for his remarks, saying, "Those words do not reflect who I am or what I stand for, I regret saying them"

Higbie was promptly hired as director of advocacy for America First Policies, a nonprofit that promotes the president's agenda. And now that he's completed his soft landing into the private sector, Higbie appears to be feeling much less regret about his past expressions of overt racism.

In a Friday interview with the "John Fredericks Show," a local radio program based in Virginia, Higbie argued that it was grossly unfair for CNN to suggest that his remarks about the black race were prejudiced, saying, "I made a statistical observation, they think that's racist."

Trumpism is racism.

Posted by at May 1, 2018 8:54 PM