North Carolina’s lieutenant governor is facing increasing calls to resign after he was caught on video calling transgender people “dirty.”
The video, which was first released Wednesday by Right Wing Watch, showed the Republican in the first term making the comments during a speech at Asbury Baptist Church in June.
“There’s no need for anyone, anywhere in America, to tell kids about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that dirt,” Mark Robinson said. in the video, which has gone viral. “Yes, I called it dirt.”
The comments were condemned by the White House this week. “These words are repulsive and offensive,” Andrew Bates, White House Deputy Press Secretary and native of North Carolina, said in a statement. “The role of the leader is to bring people together and stand up for everyone’s dignity and rights; not to spread hatred and undermine their own office. ”
The human rights campaign, the country’s largest LGBTQ organization, also called for his resignation.
Robinson declined to apologize Friday.