N.C. Lt. Gov. Pressured To Resign Over LGBTQ remarks
North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson is dealing with pressure to resign after a video emerged revealing him explaining the LGBTQ community as “filth.”
The video, which was first shared by progressive advocacy group Extreme right Watch, reveals the Republican vice state executive speaking at the Asbury Baptist Church in Seagrove throughout a June visit.
“I’m stating this now, and I have actually been stating it, and I don’t care who likes it: Those issues have no place in a school. There’s no reason anyone anywhere in America must be telling any kid about transgenderism, homosexuality– any of that dirt,” he said. “And yes, I called it dirt. And if you do not like it that I called it dirt, 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 take place till individuals of God stand and demand different, exact same ones that established those schools to start with.”
In addition to the offending “filth” comment, Robinson also released the usage of the word “transgenderism,” which GLAAD states is typically used by anti-transgender activists to make being trans seem like a condition.
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Robinson spokesperson John Wesley Waugh said in an email to NBC News that the lieutenant guv’s comments “refer to education.”
“Topics surrounding transgenderism and homosexuality should be discussed in your home and not in public education,” he stated. “We must focus on reading, writing, and mathematics in North Carolina. Our trainees have actually had problem with these subjects even prior to the pandemic. Our main focus requires to be assisting our trainees be successful, not on topics that ought to be discussed in your home.”
When pressed over whether Robinson has any response for his critics, Waugh said Robinson “verifies every person’s Constitutional right to identify or reveal themselves in any way they desire.”
He added: “He is the Lieutenant Governor for all North Carolinians and will combat for and secure the rights of all people. His comments were referring to teaching about these topics in the classroom, not about people of the LGBTQ community.”
Many state senators have actually gotten in touch with Robinson to resign, calling his remarks prejudiced.
“There’s no debate here. This is open discrimination. It is entirely undesirable,” Sen. Jeff Jackson, a Democrat representing North Carolina’s 37th District– which consists of Charlotte, tweeted in-part. “Mark Robinson should resign.”
State Sen. Wiley Nickel, a Democrat representing the state’s 16th District, that includes Raleigh and Durham, likewise called for Robinson to resign.
“I stand with the LGBTQ Neighborhood and hope you will join me in condemning this hate speech from the most senior Republican elected official in our state,” Nickel tweeted Friday (October 8).
Released at Sat, 09 Oct 2021 19:59:50 -0500