The Biden White House condemned on Friday North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson’s feedback calling “transgenderism” and homosexuality “filth.”
“These words are repugnant and offensive,” mentioned Andrew Bates, White House deputy press secretary and a local of North Carolina, in an announcement. “The role of a leader is to bring people together and stand up for the dignity and rights of everyone; not to spread hate and undermine their own office.”
Robinson, the state’s highest-ranking Republican, made the feedback in June at Asbury Baptist Church in Seagrove. Part of the speech was posted Tuesday at Right Wing Watch’s Twitter account, prompting an outpouring of criticism.
The White House joined a refrain of officers decrying Robinson’s feedback however didn’t name for the lieutenant governor to resign, not like many others, together with a number of Democratic U.S. Senate candidates within the state.
In the now-viral video, Robinson says: “There’s no reason anybody, anywhere in America should be telling children about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that filth. Yes, I called it filth.”
In the video, Robinson additionally instructed the group on the church that it’s “child abuse” to pressure mother and father to ship their youngsters to highschool, inform them the place to ship youngsters to highschool, after which train their youngsters to hate America and that they’re racist. He added that he doesn’t care who dislikes what he mentioned.
Robinson, a first-term lieutenant governor who rose to fame in a viral video about Second Amendment gun rights, has made a reputation for himself as an outspoken critic of Critical Race Theory, the Black Lives Matter Movement and the LGTBQ neighborhood.
In his speech in June, Robinson additionally referred to as Black Lives Matters activists “socialist liars and nitwits” who lack reality and God.
“Black lives do not matter to Black Lives Matter,” mentioned Robinson, who’s Black. “You know how I know that? Because if they did, you know where they would be instead of being at the police station? They would be down there at the gang hangout, at the drug dealer’s house burning that down. They’d be down at the abortion clinic burning that down if Black lives really mattered.”
Calls for resignation
Robinson’s statements have led to requires his resignation, beginning with N.C. Sen. Jeff Jackson, a Mecklenburg County Democrat who’s operating for U.S. Senate. Others embody his opponent on the Democratic ticket for U.S. Senator, Erica Smith; his colleague Sen. Wiley Nickel, a Wake County Democrat; and N.C. House Rep. Deb Butler, a Wilmington Democrat.
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ rights group, additionally referred to as on Robinson to resign.
Others like Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein, each Democrats, have condemned his statements.
Though North Carolina’s high Republicans haven’t commented on Robinson’s statements, some Republican political consultants took to Twitter condemning “anti-gay” actions.
Brent Woodcox, Senate Leader Phil Berger’s senior coverage counsel, tweeted: “There is no future for a political party that is anti-gay. There just isn’t a large enough constituency in this country for the attitude. The world changed. Some politicians are catching up.”
While the video from June acquired consideration this week, Robinson made related feedback about Critical Race Theory and the LGBTQ neighborhood final week on the N.C. Values Coalition tenth anniversary banquet that was streamed stay on YouTube.
“When you go down there to that school board meeting because they’re pushing critical race theory and they’re pushing these perverted agendas to teach our children that they’re not really boys or girls or they’re shoving this homosexuality garbage down their throats,” Robinson mentioned, “When you go down there, don’t go down there in your own name and under your own power, and with your own strength. Go down there knowing who is behind you.”
Robinson appeared on Triangle information stations Friday afternoon after the criticism and doubled down on his statements.
Robinson’s spokesman, John Waugh, wrote in an announcement to The News & Observer on Friday that Robinson’s statements from June had been within the context of teaching youngsters and the way faculties ought to concentrate on studying, writing and math.
“Topics surrounding transgenderism and homosexuality should be discussed at home and not in public education,” the assertion mentioned. “Our primary focus needs to be helping our students succeed, not on topics that should be discussed at home.”
McClatchy Washington reporter Alex Roarty contributed to this report.
This story was initially printed October 8, 2021 7:56 PM.