Current North Carolina Republican Lt. Governor and GOP gubernatorial frontrunner Mark Robinson is facing backlash again over antisemitic social media posts and statements.
Back in July of this year, Robinson took heat after he told a Moms for Liberty (MFL) convention in Philadelphia that dictators like Hitler are taken out of context and their work has merit that Americans need to study more.
Two weeks ago while serving as acting North Carolina Governor while Gov. Roy Cooper was in Japan, Robinson faced questions from the press about his history of praising dictators including Hitler and the bigotry in his social media posts.
You can see the exchange—with a fact check from the Democratic Governors Association—here:
"We’ve dealt with the Facebook posts and moved past them."
But then more previously unreported Facebook posts from 2014-2019 were found where Robinson:
- shared a quotation attributed to Adolf Hitler
- insinuated Democratic leaders and activists—including Holocaust survivor George Soros—pose a greater threat than Hitler
- compared the toppling of a Confederate statue to Kristallnacht
- minimized the legacy of the Holocaust to rant about Marxism
People weren't buying Robinson's claim of not being antisemitic given his well-documented history.
Some of Robinson's previously disclosed posts—in the slideshow below—also went after the Black and LGBTQ+ community.
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Robinson had refused to issue an apology for years.
He claimed he could not and would not be held responsible for posts he made as a private citizen.
But earlier this month Robinson stated:
"I apologize for the wording, not necessarily for the content, but we apologize for the wording."
"And we have full confidence that the people of North Carolina understand that Mark Robinson is definitely not antisemitic."
In July Robinson spoke at Moms for Liberty’s “Blessings of the Liberty Breakfast.”
The North Carolina Republican addressed MFL quoting Hitler in their June newsletter, saying:
"Here’s the thing. Whether you’re talking about Adolf Hitler, whether you’re talking about Chairman Mao, whether you’re talking about Stalin, whether you’re talking about Pol Pot, whether you’re talking about Castro in Cuba, or whether you’re talking about a dozen other despots all around the globe, it is time for us to get back and start reading some of those quotes.”
Robinson stated it’s time for Americans to “start reading” the works of so-called strongmen—homicidal dictators—like Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong, Josef Stalin, Pol Pot and Fidel Castro who he claimed were unfairly taken out of context.
Robinson and his supporters made the same claim about his MFL remarks.
The Republican gubernatorial candidate acknowledged the history of the men wasn’t all positive and American children should be learning the good and bad parts of Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and Castro.
The MFL prayer breakfast had at least one Rabbi and other clergy in attendance while Robinson praised known antisemite Stalin and Nazi leader Hitler.
The Southern Poverty Law Center designated Moms for Liberty a far-right, anti-government, anti-LGBTQ+, Christian Nationalist extremist group.