Robinson Says He’s Not Resigning, Says His Comments Were Twisted

Lt. Governor Mark Robinson addresses the media October 12, 2021. Carolina Journal Photo

By Theresa Opeka
Carolina Journal

Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson says he has nothing personal against LGBTQ people, and he’s not resigning.

Robinson, in a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 12, said he wants to get books, which he says depicts “filth,” out of some school libraries. Robinson made earlier statements that he wants to remove books such as  “George,” “Lawn Boy” and “Gender Queer,” which have sexually explicit content depicting gay and transgender people, from schools across the state.   

“This is the United States of America,” Robinson said. “This is not a theocracy. I don’t have the right to tell anyone how to live their personal lives. In fact, I am in favor of people being able to determine how they live and be safe in their own space and be secure in their own persons. 

“I will fight every day as lieutenant governor to make sure people’s constitutional rights, both state and federal, are protected, even if I disagree with those lifestyles on a spiritual level,” he said from his official Hawkins-Hartness House residence in Raleigh. 

Robinson said the issue has been twisted, and when he spoke from the church pulpit at Asbury Baptist Church in June. He said wasn’t talking about any person but rather about materials that were being presented to children. 

“Im saying it now,  I’ve been saying it, and I don’t care who watches, those issues have no place in a school,” he told the congregation in June. A video of Robinson’s sermon was shared on Twitter earlier this. week by a leftist group called rightwingwatch.org, self-described as “dedicated to monitoring and exposing the activities and rhetoric of right-wing activists.”

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson says Christians must take control of public schools because children are being abused by being taught “filth”: “There’s no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that filth.” pic.twitter.com/aXjCPFKTs0

— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) October 6, 2021

Robinson’s press conference Tuesday followed called from Democrats for him to resign.

“I challenge anyone. I challenge (State Democratic Sen.) Jeff Jackson. I challenge Roy Cooper. I challenge Attorney General Josh Stein, who should be looking at this issue because this is a legal issue. You can look at this and clearly see this is quite possibly child pornography. And I challenge the White House. The only entity that has been saying anything about this material is this office,” Robinson said.

“We have been called liars and have misrepresented this issue. We aren’t calling any person filth or anything less than human. We are talking about inappropriate materials being presented to our children. We are talking about those politicians who are trying to demonize me because I am trying to get this out of our classrooms. I challenge anyone out here to say you want your child to look at this or have your child look at this in a classroom,” he said.

Robinson displayed pictures from the books displayed and said his task force — investigating indoctrination in schools across the state — has discussed many of them.

“When we mentioned those books, we were largely ignored by the press, we were ignored by the General Assembly and now all of the sudden, people want to accuse me of being the bad guy,” he said. “I am not the bad guy, folks. I am the guy trying to get pornography out of the schools.”  

Robinson said this controversy centers around the question that he hates certain people. He said he challenges anyone to say he hates anyone or has threatened anyone, including children. He also had pictures of threatening messages he and his office have received and played audio of a vitriolic phone call that his office received threatening him personally. He said he has disagreed with people spiritually, politically and socially, but has never disrespected anyone like that. 

“Guys, the message I am going to leave with you is this: We are not resigning, and not only are we not resigning, we are not going to stop until the schools in North Carolina are safe from this kind of filth.” 

Robinson said his spiritual beliefs about transgenderism and homosexuality are separate from the office, referring to his sermon. A reporters’ question about removing sexual education classes from schools led him to say it wouldn’t matter if the books depicted heterosexual sexual content, he also would want them removed, but not educational material on a biological level.   

18 COMMENTS

  1. “There’s no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that filth,” he told the audience. “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.”

    Mr. Robinson should represent all people in North Carolina, not just heterosexuals. The idea that he would refer to people engaged in homosexual relationships or people who are transgendered filth is appalling. To want sexual content to be removed from books in school is one thing, and I would agree with him, but his words were not about the books.

    He is seeking attention and embarrassing North Carolina to get it, unfortunately.

    • He was speaking to an audience who’s belief is that the greatest vitue is ‘love’. The ‘filth’ is abundant in the gay community. Promoting sexually oriented material to youth is a ‘filthy’ business. The people are not being called filth, the mentality of deception is. The voice shouting ‘resign’ comes from someone who is committed to ‘filth’, someone trying desperately to make a name for themselves

  2. Thank you Lt Governor Robinson for standing up for moral values in our schools, our children and the crap they are being taught! We need more just like you to clean up the schools and get back to reading, writing and math!

  3. If the book Mr. Roberson was holding up in the video that WRAL keeps playing wasn’t pornography then why do they blur out the book when running the video? Because the FCC doesn’t allow pornography to be aired over television. WRAL is being dishonest and should not blur the book out at all if it isn’t pornography.

  4. When we wuz coming along, we never had such in school. If there were such nasty books in the library, they would have likely been checked out all the time.

  5. He has a right to his religious beliefs. God does love all people, but he does not love their sin. I agree about the books. I do not think children should be exposed to all these things at school.

  6. Please do not stop what you are doing. I support you completely. We need more Americans to stand up and speak out. If we all unite together and stand up for our beliefs and the constitution which was built on those beliefs that centers around God we can overcome this evil that is happening in the world right now. This is a war between good and evil and Satan is working harder than ever.

  7. God bless him in his efforts! God bless America! People sometimes forget the basic principles upon which this country is founded and has prospered. Look at the dollar, In GOD we trust….Thank you Lt. Governor for standing up for our children!

  8. We all need to write to Mr Robinson and thank him for standing up to this mentality and for protecting our kids. Let him know we have his back on this.

  9. Ok folks it is clear Robinson was taking about people.

    He can pretend now that he wasn’t, but sooner or later, the truth is going to catch up with the GOP.

    It is horrifying what the GOP has become. Get your heads out of the internet sand and read some credible information for a change.

    • Both sides are the exact same! There are not two parties in this country anymore. It’s the uniparty vs we the people. We need to take back our country from the corruption!

      • No, that is not what I meant. There is no uniparty. There are people who get information from trained journalists who have a standard of truth, and those who get information from internet fantasy writers. The “uniparty” you mention is one of those internet fantasy ideas.

        Read and support real news outlets, not the clickbait misinformation that social media is likely to send you!

        • Absolutely! I am referring to the “elected” officials in government… there is only one party and very few, if any, of them actually work for and represent the people anymore. They all fulfill whatever agenda they are paid to fulfill by their donors. The GOP and the Dems are all the same. We need to remove them all from office and put in people who truly want to serve, not get rich on the backs of the people.

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