GOP lieutenant governor under pressure to resign after calling LGBT+ views ‘filth’

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North Carolina state senators are calling for Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson to step down, after a video surfaced showing him calling LGBT+ rights and ideas “shit.”

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The clip was posted on Twitter on Tuesday right wing watch, which, according to its website, is a project “dedicated to monitoring and exposing the activities and rhetoric of right-wing activists and organizations”.

In footage taken in June, Mr Robinson can be seen speaking at Asbury Baptist Church in Seagrove, North Carolina.

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He said: “This is outright child abuse[…] when they get [to school]What do they teach them? Teach them a bunch of stuff about how to hate America, teach them a bunch of stuff about why they’re racist, teach them a bunch of stuff about transgenderism and homosexuality.

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The Republican state official continued: “I’m saying this right now, and I’m saying it, and I don’t care who likes it — those issues have no place in school. There’s no reason not to. That somewhere in America someone should tell a child about transgenderism, homosexuality – any of that shit. And yes, I called it shit, and if you don’t like that I called it shit – come on Look at me and I’ll explain it to you.

CNN reported that Mr Robinson’s office said his remarks were in the context of education.

“The topics of transgenderism and homosexuality should be discussed at home, not in public education,” his office said in a statement. “We should be focusing on reading, writing and math in North Carolina. Our students struggled with these subjects even before the pandemic. Our primary focus should be on helping our students succeed, not the subjects that Should be discussed at home.”

Democratic state senators Jeff Jackson and Willie Nickel called on Robinson to step down immediately, calling his remarks derogatory and discriminatory.

“There’s no debate here. It’s open discrimination. It’s completely unacceptable,” Mr. Jackson tweeted, adding: “Mark Robinson should resign.”

Mr Nickell also posted condemning comments on Twitter: “Mark Robinson is a disgrace and an embarrassment to our state – he should resign immediately.”

“I stand with the LGBTQ community and hope you will join me in condemning this hate speech by the most senior Republican elected official in our state,” he wrote.

Democratic Governor Roy Cooper’s office said in a statement to CNN: “North Carolina is a welcoming state where we value public education and the diversity of our people. It is disgusting to hear anyone, and especially an elected official, say, Using hateful rhetoric that hurts the reputation of the people and our state.”

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Mark Robinson

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