An adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned Monday amid calls from inside and outside his own party that he be fired over past statements that black Americans have lower IQs than white Americans and contraception should be mandated to prevent a "permanent underclass," the BBC reported.
The 27-year-old worked for Johnson's most senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, who, according to CNN, ran an adervertisement earlier this year for "weirdos and misfits with odd skills" to work for him.
"I wanted to help the government not be a distraction... accordingly I've decided to resign," Andrew Sabisky said in a tweet. "I know this will disappoint a lot of people, but I signed up to do real work, not be in the middle of a giant character assassination.
"If I can't do the work properly there's no point, and I have a lot of other things to do with my life," he said.
Critics who had been calling for Sabisky's firing pointed to a 2016 interview in which he backed eugenics, the practice of judging certain genetic groups or races as superior and others as inferior, and promoting the so-called superior groups.
"From a societal perspective, the benefits of giving everyone modafinil once a week are probably worth a dead kid once a year," Sabisky said in the interview.
In 2014, Sabisky wrote: "One way to get around the problems of unplanned pregnancies creating a permanent underclass would be to legally enforce universal uptake of long-term contraception at the onset of puberty.
"Vaccination laws give it a precedent, I would argue."
A government spokesman repeatedly declined to comment Monday on Sabisky's past comments or say whether Johnson agreed with them, according to CNN.
"The prime minister's views on a range of subjects are well-publicized and documented," the spokesman said.
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