A government minister has said that Andrew Sabisky who worked as an advisor for Downing Street “jumped before he was pushed” after a slew of “reprehensible” past comments.
Business minister Kwasi Kwarteng said Sabisky’s past remarks are “offensive” and “racist” as he suggested that black Americans have a lower average IQ than white Americans.
He told Kay Burley on Sky News, “I don’t know how this man appeared on the horizon, I don’t know how he was recruited.
“What I do know is that his remarks were offensive and racist and as soon as they came to light, he left the government pretty quickly.”
Conservative Caroline Nokes, chairwoman of the Commons Women and Equalities Committee told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “I’m relieved that Mr Sabisky has resigned.
“I was disappointed that yesterday there was silence from Downing Street regarding his previous comments and it does seem that when the call went out for misfits and weirdos, that was exactly what Downing Street got.”
She added, “I think he needed to come out earlier and explain himself, he needed to apologise for those comments and unfortunately we had 48 hours of almost complete silence and no comment from Downing Street, who could have distanced themselves from his youthful comments at any point, but they chose not to do so.”
Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery said, “It’s right that Andrew Sabisky is no longer working in government. He should never have been appointed in the first place.
“After Number 10 publicly stood by him today, Boris Johnson has serious questions to answer about how this appointment was made and whether he agrees with his vile views.”