Exclusive: Trump appointee speaks out after resigning following racist comments
One of President Donald Trump's appointees is speaking out after racist and homophobic comments he made in 2013 surfaced.
Former Navy Seal, Carl Higbie, became the face of Americorps in 2017 but he resigned on Thursday.
This comes as thousands of women are heading to the state capitol for the Michigan women's march this weekend.
In an exclusive interview with NBC25/FOX66, Higbie apologized.
"It's inexcusable. I'm not proud of it" he says. "I was trying to be a controversial radio host, trying to make a name in a new industry."
On a radio show he said black women think breeding is a form of government employment. He also said African-Americans has lax morals.
"The race stuff, I strongly believe in equality. The racism comments towards blacks and lax morals was completely out of line" he says.
Higbie attacked the LGBTQ and Muslim communities. He tells us how some of the Muslim vets he fought beside responded. "I have a Muslim friend of mine and he reached out me and said that's not you man. I feel bad looking back...coming out of a combat zone where the majority of that population was trying to kill you. I struggled with that. And a lot of vets do" he says.
Saginaw's Imam Robert Abdul Shaheed says he doesn't know Higbie's heart so he has take him at his words.
"I don't know his intention. If he said he doesn't intend that I have to take him at his words."
This comes a week after the president allegedly made racist comments about Haiti and African countries.
"It's reflective of trump administration" Shaheed says.
Higbie says he resigned because he doesn't want his comments to reflect on the administration. Some critics say the conservative media personality's hiring shows the administration isn't vetting those put into leadership positions.
"I don't think it was not vetting, I think they saw me and they knew I could do a job very well" Higbie says.
He says he understands how problematic it is to use negative stereotypes about minorities to catapult his career. One of the organizers for the Michigan Women's March says these types of comments are they are taking to the streets this weekend, saying our country should be shocked and embarrassed by these statement.