Mark Robinson (American politician)

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Mark Robinson
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Lieutenant Governor-elect of North Carolina
Assuming office
January 3, 2021
Governor Roy Cooper
Succeeding Dan Forest
Personal details
Born
Mark Keith Robinson

(1968-08-08) August 8, 1968 (age 52)
Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)Yolanda Hill
Children2
Education North Carolina A&T State University
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Military service
AllegianceFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Branch/serviceFlag of the United States Army.svg  United States Army
Years of service1985–1989
Unit United States Army Reserve

Mark Keith Robinson (born August 8, 1968) is an American gun rights activist and politician from North Carolina. A member of the Republican Party, Robinson is the Lieutenant Governor-elect of North Carolina. The first Black person to hold the office, he is scheduled to assume office on January 3, 2021.

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Early life

Robinson was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, as the ninth of ten children. [1] His father was abusive, and he and his siblings lived in foster care for part of their childhood. [2] From 1985 to 1989, he served in the United States Army Reserve. [3] Robinson worked at a furniture factory [3] [4] and had begun to study history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. [5]

In April 2018, Robinson attended a meeting of the Greensboro City Council, where they debated whether or not to cancel a gun show in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Robinson spoke in favor of gun rights, and video of his speech went viral after it was shared on Facebook by Mark Walker. [6] He was invited to speak at the National Rifle Association's annual convention that year. [7] [8]

Political career

Robinson ran in the 2020 election for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina. He won the Republican nomination. [9] He faced Yvonne Lewis Holley in the general election in November. [10] Either Robinson or Holley would become North Carolina's first African American lieutenant governor. [11] He defeated Holley. [12]

Controversy

Robinson attracted controversy in September 2020, due to his social media posts alleging negative Jewish influence in Hollywood, among other complaints. [13] He claimed that the movie Black Panther was "created by an agnostic Jew and put to film by satanic Marxist. How can this trash, that was only created to pull the shekels out of your Schvartze pockets, invoke any pride?" [14] He also claimed that former first lady Michelle Obama was male and her husband Barack Obama was an atheist. Robinson stood by his comments in a September interview with Raleigh news station WRAL, stating, "I don’t back up from them a bit. May hurt some people’s feelings, some things that people may not like, but those are my personal opinions." [15]

Political beliefs

LGBTQ

Robinson believes that homosexuality will lead to legalized pedophilia. [16] Quoting a December 2016 Facebook post, "The sick, deranged, sexual degenerates who promote this type of demonic behavior are the ones who will take the next step in our continuing moral decline toward total depravity. Free love, then homosexuality. Now the next push; the sexualization of the perverts most cherished target, CHILDREN. These devil worshiping child molesters will not stop until they can legally abuse God's most precious gifts to us. I for one will not sit by quietly and allow it to happen. Political Correctness will not keep me from calling this what it is, SICK, DEMONIC, BEHAVIOR, and if this nation continues to embrace it we will not survive God's wrath." [17]

On the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting, Robinson expressed his condolences for the victims, but in response to the shooting he further emphasized his position that homosexuality is an "abominable sin.” [18]

Robinson believes adults have the right to undergo a transition, but does not believe that minors do, describing minors who express interest with the term "mentally raped". [19]

Barack Obama

Robinson believes that Barack Obama is in a same-sex relationship with Michelle Obama, whom he has stated is a man several times. He is a believer in the Barack Obama religion conspiracy theories, and insists the former president is an atheist. [20]

Abortion

Robinson is opposed to abortion. [21]

Climate change

Robinson does not believe in climate change. [22]

Marijuana

Robinson does not support legalizing recreational marijuana. [23]

Personal life

Robinson and his wife, Yolanda, have two children. [3] They live in High Point, North Carolina. [5] Robinson has filed for bankruptcy on three separate occasions, has been sued for payments, and had liens placed on him by the Internal Revenue Service as recently as 2012. He says that he has straightened out his financial problems. [7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Forest
Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
Taking office 2021
Elect