PINEHURST, N.C. — (10-11-21) — Lt Gov. Mark Robinson (R) is in hot water as state representatives and LGBTQ activists are demanding his resignation over calling LGBTQ people ‘Filth’. The firestorm happened after a video surfaced showing Robinson describing the LGBTQ community as “filth.”
Right Wing Watch, a project of the progressive advocacy group People For the American Way, leaked the video which shows the Lt. Governor speaking at the Asbury Baptist Church in Seagrove during a visit back in June.
North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson says Christians must take control of public schools because children are being abused by being taught “filth”: “There’s no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that filth.” pic.twitter.com/aXjCPFKTs0
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) October 6, 2021
“I’m saying this now, and I’ve been saying it, and I don’t care who likes it: Those issues have no place in a school. There’s no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality — any of that filth,” said Lt. Gov. Robinson.
He continued…”And yes, I called it filth. And if you don’t like it that I called it filth, come see me and I’ll explain it to you. It’s time for us to stop letting these children be abused in schools, and it’s not going to happen till the people of God stand up and demand different, same ones that established those schools to begin with.” said Robinson.
One of the words that have hit the Transgender Community hard is the word Robinson used in the video, “transgenderism”. A term adopted by well known anti-transgender activists who use the term to make it seems as though being transgender is a mental illness.
Moving quickly into damage control, Robinson’s spokesperson John Wesley Waugh, said in an email that the lieutenant governor’s comments “refer to education.”
“Topics surrounding transgenderism and homosexuality should be discussed at home and not in public education,” said Waugh in the prepared damage control statement. “We must focus on reading, writing, and mathematics in North Carolina. Our students have struggled with these topics even before the pandemic. Our primary focus needs to be helping our students succeed, not on topics that should be discussed at home.” said Waugh.
When asked whether Robinson has a response to criticism that his comments were anti-LGBTQ regardless of the context, Waugh turned to the prepared script to ssay that the Lt. Governor “affirms every individual’s Constitutional right to identify or express themselves in anyway they desire.”
He even had the audacity to put in writing after that video…”He is the Lieutenant Governor for all North Carolinians and will fight for and protect the rights of all citizens. His comments were referring to teaching about these topics in the classroom, not about individuals of the LGBTQ community.” said Waugh.
Robinson narrowly defeated Democrat Yvonne Lewis Holley back in 2020 with only 51.6 percent of the vote, compared to Holley’s 48.4 percent. He is second in command in the state and would fill in should Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper leave the state or his position.
Jordan Monaghan, Governor Roy Cooper’s press secretary, released the following statement to media outlets calling what Robinson said “abhorrent.”
“North Carolina is a welcoming state where we value public education and the diversity of our people. It’s abhorrent to hear anyone, and especially an elected official, use hateful rhetoric that hurts people and our state’s reputation,” the statement reads.
Sen. Jeff Jackson (D) who represents North Carolina’s 37th District — which includes the state’s most populous city, Charlotte, immediately condemned Robinson’s comments in a series of tweets last Thursday and Friday.
North Carolina’s Lt. Governor, Mark Robinson, just angrily referred to the LGBTQ community as “filth.”
Then he says, “Yes, I called it filth.”
There’s no debate here. This is open discrimination. It is completely unacceptable.
Mark Robinson should resign. pic.twitter.com/rUhzXZm8Jd
— Sen. Jeff Jackson (@JeffJacksonNC) October 7, 2021
Jackson, who is running for the U.S. Senate in 2022, said that Robinson’s comments are part of a pattern. He says that the Lt Governor has a track record of openly “hateful and discriminatory” comments about LGBTQ people and other minorities.
As of this report, the Lt Governor has refused to resign over his outrageous comments.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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