Raleigh, NC – Calls are growing for the resignation of North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson over remarks made about the LGBTQ community in a recently surfaced video.
Right Wing Watch, an advocacy group that “monitors and exposes the activities and rhetoric of right-wing activists and organizations,” posted a video on facebook Robinson’s remarks on Wednesday.
No date or place of the speech was given in the caption. However, ABC 11 reported The speech took place in June at Asbury Baptist Church in Seagrove, North Carolina.
“There’s no reason anyone anywhere in America should tell a child about transgenderism, homosexuality, all that shit.” Robinson is heard saying in the video. “And yes, I called it shit.”
The group said Robinson made those comments as part of a call for Christians to “take control of public schools.”
The Granthshala television station has reached out to Robinson’s office and Governor Roy Cooper’s office for comments.
In an interview with ABC 11, Robinson Said his comments were about Education, not equality.
“We’re not talking about the fight for equality and if those people want to challenge me on that, that’s fine,” he told the news outlet. “What I’m talking about are intimate details and yes, there is material that shares intimate details for our students about homosexuality, about sexuality in general. This has to stop.”
Robinson is now facing backlash, including calls for resignations from several political allies.
“No debate here. This is open discrimination. This is completely unacceptable,” tweeted Sen. Jeff Jackson. “Mark Robinson should resign.”
Sen. Willie Nickel tweeted, “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.”
The Human Rights Campaign, the country’s largest LGBTQ + civil rights organization, has also demanded his resignation.
“This isn’t the first time Robinson has shared his discriminatory views, but it should be the last time he walks away from it as an elected leader,” the group said. posted in a statement. “North Carolinians deserve better than these dehumanizing comments.”
Robinson was elected to the state’s No. 2 executive position in his first run for elected office in 2020. He announced in April that he would not seek the Republican US Senate nomination in 2022.
The term of lieutenant governor lasts till 2024.
Robinson, a former factory worker who rose to prominence after appearing in a viral video about gun rights, has spent his early months as lieutenant governor being criticized by his teachers for the political leanings of K-12 students. speak against. His jobs include serving on the state board of education and presiding over the floor sessions of the state senate.
Former President Donald Trump sowed chaos in the country and in recent years published a barrage of divisive Facebook posts that often criticize fellow black people, he has already been under fire about past comments on opposing statewide mask mandates. have been hit by.
Robinson wrote in 2018 that “half of black Democrats don’t know they’re slaves and don’t know who their masters are. The other half doesn’t care.”
In an interview, Robinson said that he would have to go back through his comments to see if there was one he would phrase differently. But he appears to be comfortable with himself.
In the days following the election, Robinson told the Associated Press, “If I had written him back, I would no longer be supporting him because that’s exactly what people want.” “They want you to go back and say, ‘Oh, I just summarily dismiss it.’ No, I am not denying anything in short. It is a complete ridicule that everything is going on in this country and in this state right now that people are focusing on social media posts which were done two or three years ago. Were gone. I think this is a scathing comment on today’s media.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story. This story was reported from Los Angeles.