If you thought the opinions of Dominic Cummings’s advisor Andrew Sabisky were horrifying when This Site published them yesterday, brace yourself.
He has resigned because of comments he made that were even worse:
To think eugenics wasn't even the worst of it. https://t.co/VzWZHS2Xes
— Chrissie Grech (v) 🐟🌱 🇪🇺 (@ChrissieGrech) February 17, 2020
Scottish newspaper The National dished the dirt:
“In one post, from seven years ago, a man explains that his Mormon wife is reluctant to have sex with him and asks for advice.
“Under the username thedovelamenting, Sabisky responds by urging him to try to “rewire” her brain “to the point where she no longer, consciously or subconsciously sees a conflict between a good Christian woman and serving you up 39 flavours of slut on command”.”
I’ll save you from the particularly vile last part of his comment.
“In another post, he recommends a 26-year-old man looking to lose his virginity pays “lots of money for a really good hooker”.
“When a woman posts about finding “disturbing porn” on her boyfriend’s computer, including erotic fiction about incest, paedophilia and rape, thedovelamenting tells her he doesn’t “see all that much to worry about here.
““Fantasies are strange things. Unpredictable, of uncertain origin, hard to figure how they’ll relate to real life. I have a thing for incest erotica myself despite never having had those fantasies relating to my actual family. So long as he’s not actually breaking any laws and is restricting his viewing habits to girls 18 and up I wouldn’t be too squicked.”
“He then suggests the woman is at fault for not offering her partner the right “kind of sex”, though he admits he “could be way off there.””
According to the article, the offending Reddit posts disappeared right after The National approached Sabisky for comment. Hmm!
Still, it’s a good result, even if it’s just a small part of a much larger picture.
#Sabisky’s departure is a very, very small victory in what will be an enormous and ongoing struggle against the normalisation of the extreme right during the next five years.
— Dan Hicks (@profdanhicks) February 17, 2020
Francis Elliott narrows it down:
Two questions I asked on Friday remain unanswered. Was Andew Sabisky vetted? What was he working on? I suspect the answer to the second makes the answer to the first acutely embarrassing.
— Francis Elliott (@elliotttimes) February 17, 2020
Sabisky himself has said he is a victim of “selective quoting” by the media, and claimed to be “in the middle of a giant character assassination”.
But the resignation isn’t even the most interesting part of this story.
The fact that people found it easy to confuse Sabisky with nominal prime minister Boris Johnson – even in jest – is.
Johnson’s resigning? https://t.co/oHYiP0syK9
— UK Uncut (@UKuncut) February 17, 2020
The reason it was easy to do is the fact that Downing Street was criticised for refusing to say whether or not Johnson agreed with Sabisky’s views.
This reluctance prompted fury from some Conservatives, according to Sky News:
“Former minister Caroline Nokes said there “must be no place in government for the views he’s expressed”.
“Select committee chair William Wagg declared “there is no way to defend it” and added: “I cannot be the only one uncomfortable with recent Number 10 trends.”
“One Tory staffer told Sky News after the resignation was confirmed: “I’m glad it’s happened but he should never have been hired in the first place. Two days of bad headlines for nothing.””
And it made this comment possible:
#Sabisky has left the PM's office. Racism remains in the room.
— BAME Lawyers For Justice (@BameFor) February 17, 2020
And what about this?
The dog whistle has turned into a fog horn. https://t.co/v2G8Y1Rh0h
— 💚 Norman. (@Normanjam67) February 17, 2020
But then, we know Johnson is a sexist and a racist – from his behaviour over many years. Right?
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