Carl Higbie, a controversial ex-Navy SEAL with a history of Islamophobic remarks, stepped down from his Trump-appointed top position at the federal government’s volunteer service amid outrage over racist, sexist and homophobic comments he made on radio podcasts.
“Effective this afternoon, Carl Higbie has resigned as Chief of External Affairs,” Samantha Jo Warfield, a spokeswoman at the Corporation for National & Community Service, told the Daily News in an email.
Multiple White House spokespeople did not return requests for comment. When reached by The News over the phone, Higbie declined to comment several times before abruptly hanging up.
“I really can’t comment. I’m sorry dude,” the 34-year-old Connecticut native said.
Higbie, who was a devoted Trump surrogate during the campaign, was tapped by the President to head the CNCS external affairs bureau in August.
He personally thanked Trump in a tweet on Aug. 19, declaring that he’s “honored to serve again!”
But his tenure at the CNCS — which sets up volunteers with service opportunities in impoverished and oftentimes war-torn countries — came to an end sooner than he expected after audio from a series of radio podcasts recently resurfaced.
Higbie, who hosted the “Sound of Freedom” podcast, would repeatedly lash out against black people, immigrants, women and LGBTQ people, using harsh and racially-charged language.
In one podcast from December 2013 Higbie claimed that the “black race” has “lax” morals and added that black women consider “breeding” a “form of government employment.”
“And I believer that his 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 told his listeners.
Higbie’s harsh podcasts were first flagged by CNN.
In a shocking episode from August 2014, Higbie admitted that he was a racist during an anti-Muslim tirade.
“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,” he said, adding that he wished Muslims would go back to their “shithole and go crap in your hands and bang little boys on Thursday nights.”
The comments were conspicuously similar to ones reportedly made by President Trump during a recent Oval Office meeting about immigration, during which he complained about immigrants from “shithole countries.”
In a series of other disturbing segments, Higbie suggested that “everybody with a gun” should be legally allowed to fatally shoot undocumented immigrants crossing into the U.S. and asserted that homosexuals are “breaking the morals.”
Long before joining CNCS, Higbie made headlines when he went on national television as a representative for a pro-Trump Super PAC and cited the effectiveness of Japanese internment camps in the U.S. as “precedent” for a Muslim registry system.
“We’ve done it based on race, we’ve done it based on religion,” he said in November 2016. “We’ve done it with Iran back, back a while ago. We did it during World War II with Japanese.”