Republican North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson said he “will not back down” amid Democratic calls for his resignation after he said “transgenderism” and homosexuality should not be taught to children, referring to it as “filth.”
“Let me tell you plainly right here and right now: I will not back down,” Robinson said in a video posted to Facebook on Saturday. “I will not be silenced and I will not be bullied into submission. I will continue to fight for the rights of our children to receive an education that is free from sexual concepts that do not belong in the classroom.”
The Republican’s video came in response to condemnation from a White House official and other Democrats for comments he made in June at Asbury Baptist Church in Seagrove.
“There’s no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that filth,” he said during the event, in a video that was recently posted on social media. “And 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.”
Deputy White House press secretary Andrew Bates, a native of North Carolina, referred to the comments as “repugnant and offensive.”
North Carolina State Senator Jeff Jackson and North Carolina State Senator Wiley Nickel, both Democrats, are now calling on Robinson to resign, with Nickel saying the Republican is “a disgrace and an embarrassment to our state.”
Robinson continued in his video, however, that “the media and the left” are trying to change the focus of his comments from education to the gay community and his alleged “hate” for them.
“I will fight for and protect the rights of all citizens, including those in the LGBTQ community to express themselves however they want. That is their right as Americans and I don’t think that the government has any role in telling them otherwise,” Robinson said in the video. “However, the idea that our children should be taught about concepts of transgenderism and be exposed to sexually explicit materials in the classroom is abhorrent.”
Robinson, the first Black person elected lieutenant governor in North Carolina’s history, has been a fierce critic of Democrats and the Biden White House in recent months.
He’s accused President Biden of working to turn the U.S. into a “socialist hellhole.” He’s also slammed Democrats for labeling Georgia’s recent voting laws “racist” for requiring identification for both in-person and absentee voting.
“Am I to believe that Black Americans, who have overcome the atrocities of slavery, who were victorious in the civil rights movement, and now sit in the highest levels of this government, cannot figure out how to get a free ID to secure their votes? That they need to be coddled by politicians because they don’t think we can figure out how to make our voices heard? Are you kidding me? The notion that Black people must be protected from a free ID to secure the vote is not just insane, it is insulting,” he said in April.
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Included in the Lt. Governor’s message at the Church, he implored the people in the pews that, “It’s time for us to stop allowing these children to be abused at these schools and it not going to happen until the people of God stand up and demand different.”
This Is not the first time Robinson has taken heat for his comments about protecting children in schools. In July, the Lt. Governor spoke out against Critical Race Theory, saying this kind of “indoctrination” causes “our children to hate the nation that they live in.”
In a video posted by “1776 Action” an anti-CRT group, Robinson explained why he is also personally against CRT. He explained that his mother, who “had an overwhelming faith in God” and love for America, taught him “all opportunities were open” for them.
“America’s still the place of dreams for everybody,” he urged. “We want to teach that to our children. We want to make sure that our children understand the greatness of this nation, they understand the greatness of their founding documents and those who founded the nation as well.”
“That’s why ending indoctrination in schools is such a passion of mine. We have got to ensure that things like critical race theory are not creeping in and causing our children to hate the nation that they live in,” he underscored.
Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson also came under fire earlier this year when he likened the act of abortion to slavery and stated that “God Almighty is watching” those who are marching in the streets “calling wrong right” and promoting the murder of “the most innocent human beings on Earth.”
“If we do not purge abortion from our shores for the cause of life the same way we purged slavery for the cause of liberty, this nation will not continue to stand,” he told attendees of a pro-life rally in January.
“Years ago, there were some other folks who stood where you’re standing – [and] understood that a nation that believes that all men were created equal could not stand and say those words and allow slavery to be on our shores. It is the same way with us today,” he continued. “We cannot say we believe in equality; we cannot say that black lives matter, or all lives matter, or blue lives matter, until we say that unborn lives matter. Because that is where we all started.”
The blame, he urged, does not rest on the mothers, but instead with “those people who are marching in the streets, calling wrong right, promoting the idea that it’s okay to kill your children in the womb.” Adding that, he prays, “they would come to know that what they are doing is against humanity and is against our Father in heaven.”
“God Almighty is watching them,” he asserted.