CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A state senator is calling for North Carolina’s Lt. Governor Mark Robinson to resign after a video surfaced on Thursday in which Robinson refers to homosexuality and transgenderism as “filth.”
Senator Jeff Jackson (D-Mecklenburg), who has a long history of disdain for Robinson, called for Robinson’s resignation after a video clip surfaced of him making homophobic remarks while at Asbury Baptist Church in Seagrove, N.C. back in June.
This video clip was shared on Twitter by Right Wing Watch.
“There’s no debate here,” said Senator Jeff Jackson. “This is open discrimination. It is completely unacceptable. “Mark Robinson should resign.”
In the short video clip Robinson talks about how LGBTQ issues should not be discussed in schools, while calling the community “filth.”
“There’s no reason anybody anywhere in America should be should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that filth,” said Robinson. “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.
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 claims Robinson has had a long history of openly discriminatory rhetoric.
In a Twitter thread Jackson explains that the last thing North Carolina needs is open discrimination by someone in a high office, noting Robinson is expected to run for governor in 2024.
“It is our duty to stand with the LGBTQ+ community in the face of this kind of hatred,” said Senator Jeff Jackson. “These comments are abhorrent. To hear this from a member of such a high office signals to countless folks that they’re unwelcome in our state.”
WCCB reached out to Lt. Governor Mark Robinson for comment.
The Office of the Lt. Governor said “The Lt. Governor’s comments refer to education. Topics surrounding transgenderism and homosexuality should be discussed at home and not in public education. 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.”
Governor Roy Cooper’s Press Office also released a statement in response to the video.
“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.”
White House Press Secretary Andrew Bates said “These words are repugnant and offensive. 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.”
This is a developing story.
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