The Raleigh News & Observer reports:
The Biden White House condemned on Friday North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson’s comments calling transgenderism and homosexuality “filth.”
“These words are repugnant and offensive,” said Andrew Bates, White House deputy press secretary and a native of North Carolina, in a statement. “The role of a leader is to bring people together and stand up for the dignity and rights of everyone; not to spread hate and undermine their own office.”
Robinson, the state’s highest-ranking Republican, made the comments in June at Asbury Baptist Church in Seagrove. Part of the speech was posted Tuesday at Right Wing Watch’s Twitter account, prompting an outpouring of criticism.
Raleigh’s CBS News affiliate reports:
As Democrats from the White House to the state Senate express outrage and even call for his resignation, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson said Friday he wouldn’t back down from pointed comments about homosexuality he made several months ago.
“We will not be intimidated. We will not back down. We will not change our language,” Robinson said. “The language I used, I am not ashamed of it. I will use it in the future because, again, it is time for parents in this state to take a strong stand for their children.”
“I am tired of folks on the right being demonized for our speech while folks on the left burn, beat, rob, loot – take over entire cities and get a pass,” he said. House Speaker Tim Moore
and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, both Republican, haven’t responded to WRAL News’ request for comment.
Robinson has also called for unseating any politician who promotes the COVID vaccine. Last month he declared that the United States is a “Christian nation” and that if anybody doesn’t like that “fact,” he will pay for their ticket to leave.
North Carolina’s Lt. Governor, Mark Robinson, just angrily referred to the LGBTQ community as “filth.”
Then he says, “Yes, I called it filth.”
There’s no debate here. This is open discrimination. It is completely unacceptable.
Mark Robinson should resign. pic.twitter.com/rUhzXZm8Jd
— Sen. Jeff Jackson (@JeffJacksonNC) October 7, 2021