North Carolina lieutenant governor facing backlash after calling transgender people ‘filth’

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North Carolina lieutenant governor facing backlash after calling transgender people 'filth'

North Carolina’s lieutenant governor is facing mounting calls for his resignation after he was caught on video calling transgender people “filth.”

The video, which was first posted Wednesday by Right Wing Watch, showed the first-term Republican making the comments during a speech at Asbury Baptist Church in June.

“There’s no reason anybody, anywhere in America should be telling children about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that filth,” Mark Robinson said in the video, which has gone viral. “Yes, I called it filth.”

The comments were condemned by the White House this week. “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 made the disparaging comment at a church in North Carolina.
Robinson made the disparaging comment at a church in North Carolina.
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The Human Rights Campaign, the country’s largest LGBTQ organization, also called for his resignation.

Robinson refused to apologize Friday.

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