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Iowan Rev. Jamie Johnson has apologized for disparaging comments he made about African Americans and Muslims after CNN’s KFILE reviewed years of his commentary on conservative talk radio shows.
Johnson, who has long been active in Iowa politics, is serving as the head of the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Homeland Security.
“I have and will continue to work with leaders and members of all faiths as we jointly look to strengthen our safety and security as an interfaith community,” he said in a statement to CNN. “Having witnessed leaders from the entire faith spectrum work to empower their communities I now see things much differently. 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.”
In Iowa, Johnson has worked for Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Donald Trump over three caucus cycles, and is a former member of the state Republican central committee.
CNN reviewed radio appearances Johnson made between 2008 and 2016.
“They have done exceptionally well for themselves for only representing about 1.4 percent of America’s population,” he said of Jewish Americans in a 2008 discussion. “They make up 12 percent of America’s millionaires. Why? Because they work. And it’s an indictment of America’s black community that has turned America’s major cities into slums because of laziness, drug use and sexual promiscuity.”
In a separate radio appearance, he said he believes radical Islamic terrorists are representative of all Muslims.
“I never call it radical Islam,” he said. “If anything, it is obedient Islam. It is faithful Islam.”
Tyler Houlton, acting press secretary at the department, told CNN the department does not condone the comments Johnson made, but noted he has apologized.
“We believe Rev. Johnson has proven himself as a valuable supporter and proponent of the interfaith community’s recovery efforts, particularly during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and most recently bringing counseling and support following the tragic shooting at the church in Sutherland Springs, Texas,” Houlton told CNN.
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