A Republican candidate has praised a ‘commonsense’ Trump appointee who said ‘I don’t like gay people’
A Republican candidate has sparked outrage after it was found that he repeatedly praised his friend and radio show co-host – who left a government position after saying: “I don’t like gay people.”
Guy Reschenthaler is currently engaged in a GOP primary against Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania’s new 14th Congressional District, but his campaign has been rocked by the revelation that he was extremely friendly with Carl Higbie, who resigned from his position as chief of external affairs for the government’s volunteer service organisation in January after years of homophobic, racist, sexist and Islamophobic comments that he made on his radio show were discovered.
More than a dozen other hateful comments were discovered by CNN’s KFILE.
And it has now emerged that despite his protestations to the contrary, Reschenthaler has close links to Higbie, both as his co-host on the Sound of Freedom internet radio show and also as the writer of his 2012 book’s foreword.
In the foreword, Reschenthaler recalled a conversation with military servicepeople in which Higbie had said “what we all wanted to say but are too frequently intimidated by political correctness to express publicly,” according to CNN.
Reschenthaler continued: “I am continually amazed at how succinctly he can express conservative views.
“When Carl told me his plan to draft a book, I was ecstatic. After reading his work, I am impressed by his no-nonsense, commonsense approach that has the power to persuade and captivate.”
Their friendship was seemingly deeper than just that, though.
Reschenthaler, 35, also offered Higbie a “special thanks” for his help in fundraising during his run for district judge, which involved Higbie coming to at least four events while he was making horrific comments on his show.
As the host of Sound of Freedom, Higbie responded to news that Rhode Island had legalised same-sex marriage by saying: “Congratu-effing-lations. You suck, Rhode Island.
“Why would you do that? Go ahead and twist the knife a little, little bit more,” he continued.
“I mean, you are breaking the morals, the moral fibre of our country.”
He added: “You know, I don’t like gay people. I just don’t.”
On one episode of the show, Reschenthaler told his co-host that the problems he was talking about were caused by “multiculturalism” that he told Higbie was “destroying the fabric of the country.”
He said: “Now we have, because of multiculturalism, we don’t have this collective culture. We don’t have this collective memory anymore.
“We’re looking at, well, when did, when did the Latinos come over? When did the Irish come over? And we’re destroying that. It’s really destroying the fabric of the country.
“Every culture has the collective history and we’re tearing it apart. I think a lot of the problems you’re describing comes from that effort, uh, to have a multicultural society instead of one solid American culture.”
As well as saying he didn’t like gay people, Reschenthaler’s close acquaintance also made other atrocious comments.
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On Warrior Talk Radio in August 2014, Higbie said: “Go back to your Muslim s***hole and go crap in your hands and bang little boys on Thursday nights.”
He continued: “I just don’t like Muslim people. People always rip me a new one for that. ‘Carl, you’re racist, you can’t, you’re sexist.’
“I’m like Jesus Christ. I just don’t like Muslim people because their ideology sucks.”
He also lashed out at black people, women, undocumented immigrants and the mentally ill – including veterans with PTSD, 75 percent of whom he said “don’t actually have it.”