Jamie Johnson resigns from Homeland Security
He’s alleged to have insulted blacks, Islam
A former chairman of the Webster County Republican Party has resigned from a high ranking position in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after negative comments he made about blacks and Muslims were revealed.
Jamie Johnson, formerly of Stratford, resigned Thursday.
”Acting Secretary Duke has accepted Rev. Jamie Johnson’s resignation as director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at DHS,” Tyler Houlton, the department’s acting press secretary, said in a written statement.
In his statement, Houlton was referring to Elaine Duke, the acting secretary of homeland security.
”His comments made prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security clearly do not reflect the values of DHS and the administration,” Houlton added. ”The department thanks him for his recent work assisting disaster victims and the interfaith community.”
A phone call seeking comment from Johnson was not returned Friday.
The Hill, a publication that specializes in covering the federal government, reported on its web site that Johnson made the comments on radio shows before he joined the administration.
According to The Hill, Johnson reportedly accused blacks of turning ”major cities into slums because of laziness, drug use and sexual promiscuity.”
The Hill also quoted Johnson as agreeing with conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza in saying ”all that Islam has given us is oil and dead bodies over the last millenia and a half.”
The Hill quoted an apologetic statement from Johnson.
”Having witnessed leaders from the entire faith spectrum work to empower their communities, I now see things much differently,” the publication quoted him as saying. ”I regret the manner in which those thoughts were expressed in the past, but can say unequivocally that they do not represent my views personally or professionally.”
Johnson was the Iowa coalitions director during President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
He joined the Department of Homeland Security in January. He first served as an adviser in the department’s Public Affairs Office.