Controversy is swirling around North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson after video surfaced of what he said at a June event, according to ABC11.com .
There's no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that filth," he is heard saying in the video that the group Right Wing Watch posted. "Yes, I called it filth. And if you don't like that I called it filth, come see me and I'll explain it to you."
In a press statement Windy City Times received, Human Rights Campaign Interim President Joni Madison said, "We are calling on Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson to resign for his disgraceful, hateful statements directed at LGBTQ+ people. If Lt. Governor Robinson still doesn't understand how anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric is received in North Carolina, he should ask former Governor Pat McCrory. This is not the first time Robinson has shared his discriminatory views, but it should be the last time he gets away with it as an elected leader."
Gov. Roy Cooper's office sent a statement to ABC11 about 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."
In 2020, Robinson was elected the state's first Black lieutenant governor, even though several controversial social media posts surfaced publicly during the campaign.