Here we go again.
After a video surfaced of North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson addressing a congregation and making derogatory remarks about LGBT+ people, he was met with calls for his resignation and an apology. His response to the controversy was to double down on his comments and flatly refuse to apologise.
In the video, from back in June, he can be seen telling a crowd: “There is no reason anybody, anywhere in America should be telling any child about ‘transgenderism’, homosexuality or any of that filth”.
“Yes I called it filth”, he then reiterated.
Well, he’s back.
Viral again, this time with a clip from back in August where Robinson can be seen at Bishop Patrick Wooden’s Upper Room Church preaching at a ‘JESUS IS LORD’ podium, proudly declaring: “Here’s something else I’m not supposed to say: Ain’t but two genders”, to the applause of the crowd.
He continues: “You can go to the doctor and get cut up, you can go down to the dress shop and get made up, you can go down there and get drugged up, but at the end of the day, you are just a drugged-up, dressed-up, made-up, cut-up man or woman. You ain’t changed what God put in you, that DNA.”
“The transgender movement in this country — if there’s a movement in this country that is demonic and that is full of the spirit of Antichrist, it is the transgender movement”, he then says.
Bizarrely, he then clumps together transgender people with his views on global warming, saying: “These same people are going to tell me you need to believe in global warming”, he remarks. “Follow the science, follow the science. You don’t even know what gender you are! What do you know about science!”
“There’s two ways I can do this thing here. The simple way is to go around the corner here to the bathroom and you can drop your pants or whatever you’ve got on, and I can show you what you are.”
“Or I can take a little blood at your arm and take it down here to the scientist,” he said. “He can put in his little petri dish and look at it, ‘Oh, this is the DNA of a white male.’ Well, is there anything in between? ‘No, it’s the DNA of a white male.’ It don’t matter what you did down there at the therapy doctor and all that.”
Then – and this is where it, infuriatingly, gets truly basic – he draws comparisons to transgender people and a ‘weirdo in a dog suit’.
“If you want to call yourself a cocker spaniel, go ahead. “You want to go to the dressmaker and say, ‘Make me a cocker spaniel suit that I can fit in. I’m gonna put it on, I’m gonna run around, bark all the time.’ Go ahead.”
“You can run around here and be a cocker spaniel all day long, but I ain’t got to follow you in your delusion! When I see you, I ain’t gonna say, ‘There goes that cocker spaniel.’ I’m gonna say, ‘There goes that weirdo in the dog suit. That man thinks he’s a dog, but he’s not really a dog, he’s a man.’”
Robinson would be in line to take over if the state’s current Democratic Governor Roy Cooper stood down or was impeached.