North Carolina politician rejects calls for resignation over LGBTQ + ‘filth’ comment


North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson said on Saturday he “would not back down” as politicians call for his resignation following recently resurfaced comments calling him “transgender” and homosexuality of “dirt”.

“Let me make it clear to you here and now: I will not back down,” he said in a video posted to Facebook on Saturday. “I will not be silenced and I will not be forced into submission. I will continue to fight for the right of our children to receive an education free from sexual concepts that do not belong to the classroom.

In June, Robinson spoke at Asbury Baptist Church in Seagrove, North Carolina, where he made mocking comments about educating children about LGBTQ + issues.

“There is no reason that anyone anywhere in America should tell a kid about transgender, homosexuality, all this filth,” the Republican politician said in a video recently posted to the media. social. “And yes, I called it dirt, and if you don’t like it I called it dirt, come see me and I’ll explain it to you.”

White House deputy press secretary and North Carolina native Andrew Bates called Robinson’s comments “disgusting and offensive.”

“The role of a leader is to bring people together and defend the dignity and rights of everyone; not to spread hatred and undermine their own office, ”Bates said in a statement Friday, according to the CBS affiliate. WNCN-TV.

North Carolina State Senator Jeff Jackson thanked the White House for “resisting discrimination.” He urged Robinson to step down, along with North Carolina State Senator Wiley Nickel, who called Robinson “a shame and embarrassment to our state.”

“Treating a lot of your own voters ‘garbage’ means you don’t intend to represent them,” Jackson said. tweeted Friday. “Our lieutenant governor should step down and allow someone who is ready to do the job to take his place. It wasn’t a dog whistle, folks. It was old-fashioned hate.

The Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ + civil rights organization, also called on the lieutenant governor to step down for his “shameful and hateful statements.”

“North Carolinians deserve better than these dehumanizing comments,” said group president Joni Madison, noted in a report.

Robinson claimed on Saturday that he had been “violently attacked” for his comments, and that “the media and the left” had tried to change the direction of his argument.

“I will fight for and protect the rights of all citizens, including those of the LGBTQ community, to speak out as they see fit. It’s their right as Americans and I don’t think the government has a role to play in telling them otherwise, ”he said. “However, the idea that our children should learn transgender concepts and be exposed to sexually explicit material in the classroom is abhorrent.”

Robinson created a petition, urging people to sign against “the radical left” and stand up against “indoctrination in the classroom.”

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