North Carolina lieutenant governor facing backlash after calling transgender people 'filth'North Carolina lieutenant governor facing backlash after calling transgender people filth (NY Post)
North Carolinas lieutenant governor is facing mounting calls for his resignation after he was caught on video calling transgender people filth.
The video, which was first posted Wednesday by Right Wing Watch, showed the first-term Republican making the comments during a speech at Asbury Baptist Church in June.
Theres no reason anybody, anywhere in America should be telling children about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that filth, Mark Robinson said in the video, which has gone viral. Yes, I called it filth.
The comments were condemned by the White House this week. ...
A Republican of course.
clearly unfit for office.
will still vote Republican knowing the GOP does not want them or give a shit about their Civil Rights.
For should Roe v. Wade be overturned by the Supreme Court, rest assured that the next issue on their docket will be Marriage Equality and LGBTQ Rights.
as can be while they ride so piously on their white horses.
Gay, Republican, closeted, "cares more about his money than his rights", gleefully votes straight R - even Drumpf twice. He also runs for local office every few years and has lost every time. He's stupid/arrogant enough to think he can run, win, come out and "change the party." He's completely oblivious to how his party has gone full-on batshit crazy with a side of fries, and at "best", he serves one term should be win because his own party will primary his ass out when he goes for re-election.
But, hey. He's got his, so fuck us.
damage on another persecuted group of people. Always a WTF!!!
Robinson's 2020 campaign finance reports contained incomplete information on his campaign contributors, and shows questionable campaign expenditures, including spending on items for clothing for Robinson and wife. Robinson reported $186 for medical bills and for $2,840 for "campaign clothes and accessories" (most of it spent at a sporting goods shop), but failed to explain why these expenditures were campaign-related. The reports stated that Robinson's wife spent $4,500 for "campaign clothing" but gave no details. The reports also stated that Robinson withdrew an unexplained $2,400 in cash in apparent violation of a state law requiring all candidate cash payment over $50 to be accompanied by a detailed description explaining of what the money was for. After these expenses came under scrutiny in 2021, Robinson's campaign blamed "clerical errors"; the executive director of the watchdog group Common Cause North Carolina filed a formal complaint with the State Board of Elections over the discrepancies.
Political views, conspiracy-theory promotion, and incendiary remarks
Robinson has promoted his persona as a "brash and unfiltered conservative culture warrior." He opposes abortion rights, promotes climate change denial, and opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Robinson's past antisemitic comments have drawn scrutiny and condemnation. He claimed that the movie Black Panther was "created by an agnostic Jew and put to film by satanic Marxist" that was "only created to pull the shekels out of your Schvartze pockets" (using a Yiddish word for Black). Robinson also appeared at an interview with fringe pastor Sean Moon, who claimed that he planned to become "king of the United States"; in the interview, Moon claimed that the Rothschild family was one of the "four horsemen of the apocalypse" and promoted the antisemitic conspiracy theory of a cabal of Jewish "international bankers" who rule every country's central bank. Robinson endorsed Moon's claim as "exactly right." Robinson's statements, as well as his refusal to apologize or retract them, has alarmed North Carolina's Jewish community.
On his Facebook page, which has more than 100,000 followers, Robinson's posts, which often impugn transgender people; Muslims; former President Barack Obama; and African-Americans who support Democrats; have drawn criticism. Robinson accused people "who support this mass delusion called transgenderism" of seeking "to glorify Satan". Robinson called former President Obama a "a worthless, anti-American atheist" and posted "birther" memes; accused American Muslims of being "INVADERS" who refuse to assimilate to our ways while demanding respect they have not earned.; called Michelle Obama a man; and disparaged Joy Behar and Maxine Waters in crude terms. After the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, Robinson wrote that "Homosexuality is STILL an abominable sin and I WILL NOT join in 'celebrating gay pride.'" In 2020, Robinson asserted that the coronavirus was a "globalist" conspiracy to defeat Donald Trump, and dismissed the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, writing, "The looming pandemic I'm most worried about is SOCIALISM."
The Charlotte Observer editorial board described Robinson's posts as "cringeworthy" and "an embarrassment" while the state Democratic Party called them "homophobic, anti-Semitic, and downright unhinged." Robinson's posts were also criticized by Equality North Carolina and Jewish community leaders in North Carolina. When asked about the posts, Robinson declined to apologize, referring to his posts as "my personal opinions" and saying "I'm not ashamed of anything that I post."
Robinson was sworn in on January 9, 2021. As lieutenant governor in June 2021, Robinson delivered a speech in which he disparaged "transgenderism and homosexuality" as "filth," saying: "Theres no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that filth. And yes I called it filth. And if you dont like that I called it filth, come see me and Ill explain it to you." In the same speech, which was delivered at a Seagrove, North Carolina, church, he called for an end to the separation of church and state in public schools. In October 2021, after Robinson's speech was brought to light by Right Wing Watch, Democratic state senator Jeff Jackson called for Robinson to resign, and Governor Roy Cooper's office said that "It's abhorrent to hear anyone, and especially an elected official, use hateful rhetoric that hurts people and our states reputation." North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein made similar comments. The Biden administration, through a statement by White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates, condemned Robinson's words as "repugnant and offensive" and said that a leader's role is to "to bring people together and stand up for the dignity and rights of everyone; not to spread hate and undermine their own office."
Robinson and his wife, Yolanda, have two children. They live in High Point, North Carolina. Robinson has filed for bankruptcy on three occasions, has been sued for payments, and had liens placed on him by the Internal Revenue Service as recently as 2012. He has claimed that any outstanding issues with the IRS have been "taken care of."