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Conservative Rising Star Mark Robinson to Announce Run for Governor of North Carolina

Conservative Rising Star Mark Robinson to Announce Run for Governor of North Carolina

“Should he run and win, Robinson will become the first black governor in the state’s history.”

Mark Robinson became a viral hit in 2018 when he defended law-abiding gun owners at a city council meeting.

Two years later, he made history by becoming the first African-American Lt. Governor of North Carolina.

Now he is planning to run for governor of the state. Good for him.

The Washington Examiner reports:

North Carolina’s Mark Robinson expected to announce gubernatorial campaign in April

Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson (R-NC) is widely expected to announce a campaign for governor next month, boosting Republican hopes of recapturing North Carolina’s governor mansion.

Robinson’s team teased a “major rally and announcement” on April 22 located at Alamance County’s Ace Speedway, which emerged as a key flashpoint during the pandemic for permitting races without social distancing or masks in May 2020. The event is expected to serve as his campaign launch.

Having been seen as a rising star in the Old North State, Robinson has long dropped hints of his intentions to vie for governor. Incumbent Gov. Roy Cooper (D-NC) is term-limited and therefore cannot run for reelection.

Should he run and win, Robinson will become the first black governor in the state’s history. His political ambitions caught fire after a video of testimony he gave about firearms went viral in 2018, a year before he announced his lieutenant governor campaign. At the time of the viral testimony, Robinson was a factory worker.

MSNBC is taking the news as well as you would expect:

This rising GOP star embodies the Christian right’s bigotry

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, according to a report from Talking Points Memo, has for years used his Facebook feed to promote racist, antisemitic, homophobic and transphobic viewpoints and memes. Elected in 2020, the Republican is reportedly considering a run for governor next year. He is a rising star on the Christian right, and his cache of appalling social media posts is further evidence that there is no daylight between the movement that bills itself as being committed to “family values” and “religious freedom” and the swamps of the bigoted far right.

The lieutenant governor’s prolific Facebook posts promoted a hodgepodge of familiar right-wing conspiracy theories, blaming “globalists,” the “occult” and “the New World Order” for America’s woes.

Now would be a good time to rewatch Robinson’s viral ‘I am the majority!’ speech from 2018:

Is there any wonder why the left sees him as a threat?


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I have high hopes for Robinson but in NC, there is a strong Dem field. A friend of mine managed his local Lt Gov campaign and may be involved again. All will depend on the anger level of the electorate regarding the social/culture issues. Mark will run on these most likely as our state’s economy is doing pretty well. NC blacks won’t necessarily back a black R.

    diver64 in reply to Whitewall. | March 26, 2023 at 6:05 am

    I enjoy his weekly spots on KC’s morning show and I think that his strong stance on schools will resonate. I doubt that as hard as the Dems try they are going to be successful in painting him as a racist and bigot.

      Whitewall in reply to diver64. | March 26, 2023 at 9:48 am

      They are already trying with the line of ‘Christian fundamentalist bigot’. This is to avoid race.

    Wait until Trump endorses him. Changes everything. Heads will explode.

      Whitewall in reply to Pasadena Phil. | March 26, 2023 at 9:55 am

      I hope Trump stays out of it as it would do Robinson little good. Two days ago current state treasurer Dale Folwell declared himself as a candidate. I think more will come. Folwell is not exactly Mr. Excitement but not everyone can pull that off. Robinson can make the Dems, media and dainty Republicans pee all over themselves with one look. May they all stay soaked.

DIE, DIEversity.

“Should he run and win, Robinson will become the first black governor in the state’s history.”

The first Robinson to become governor in the state’s history. Good luck. #PrinciplesMatter

E Howard Hunt | March 25, 2023 at 10:52 am

It seems if you are black or a woman these days any noteworthy thing you do is history making. This Republican backing of such candidates has a superficial, clever appeal, but it doesn’t work.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to E Howard Hunt. | March 25, 2023 at 11:13 am

    Addressing your first sentence: if the press and other chattering classes would stop making a big deal out of first this, first that, I doubt a lot would even CARE one way or the other.

    Case in point: a big deal was recently made about an all-homosexual flight crew on, I believe, United Airlines. Unless the cabin crew comprised “flamers”, or the pilot made announcements in a flagrantly feminized voice, who would even notice, much less care?

    Why do you assume that support for him has anything whatsoever to do with his race?

    Personally I like the guy for his full-throated defense of my right of self defense. Full stop.

Frezz in the hizzy | March 25, 2023 at 11:06 am

I love the guy and will vote for him, but he’s a long shot.

Roy Cooper is a cagey guy and successfully casts himself as moderate and home-spun, the way smart operators in the democrat party used to do.

    Cooper has been awful, and thankfully is ineligible to run for a 3rd term.
    Unfortunately, his fellow traveler, dem. AG Josh Stein has announced he is running.
    Mark has my vote.

      Frezz in the hizzy in reply to lc. | March 26, 2023 at 9:27 am

      You’re right, I realized after I wrote that that he’s had 2 terms.

      He’s a crafty sob.

The lieutenant governor’s prolific Facebook posts promoted a hodgepodge of familiar right-wing conspiracy theories, blaming “globalists,” the “occult” and “the New World Order” for America’s woes.


Yeah, theories. Like things happening right in front of us. Like the wide-open Southern border and the operation to fully Islamicize Europe. Ya’d have to blind not to see the Great Reset & Replacement.

Robinson’s Dem challenger is NC’s gay AG, Josh Stein, who paints Robinson as a right-wing extremist. Although Stein adopts all of the woke positions of Raleigh’s elites, he softens his message for the wider NC Dem base, a healthy portion of whom are African Americans who are generally not all that motivated by drag queen story hour, woke pronouns, porn in school textbooks and libraries, etc. It will be interesting to see if Josh Stein gets some high-profile LGBTQ+ political celebrities to endorse him. If so, that would be a clear departure from the deceptively diluted woke message he currently puts out. We’ll see.

    diver64 in reply to Q. | March 26, 2023 at 6:11 am

    I have been in NC for years and never heard that Josh Stein is gay. Is that true? It is without a doubt that he is a sleaze. For evidence just see his backroom “settling” of lawsuits with that Dem lawyer last election. Guy shows up, sues the state for all the leftist election remaking dreams and he gets in a backroom then settles giving them everything they want.

      Milhouse in reply to diver64. | March 27, 2023 at 12:11 am

      “Josh Stein is married to Anna Harris Stein and has three children.”

      Not that that proves anything, but it does weight the odds in favor of “straight”.

The Democrats are scared of Robinson; they have been waging a campaign to destroy him as soon as he was elected Lt. Governor. NC (where I live) is a purple state, always on the verge of flipping to the Republicans. Robinson could increase the number of black Republicans- along with the Lumbee Indians going the GOP, this could be transformative for the State.

First gov to top 3 bills weight looks like. Wish him luck. Point is need more like him.

Well. that is a misleading headline.

Halcyon Daze | March 26, 2023 at 8:08 am

America needs more Mark Robinsons.

I am living temporarily in Raleigh, NC. I hate it here. Really hate it. Way too woke.

    Whitewall in reply to Mercyneal. | March 26, 2023 at 10:27 am

    I feel for you. Raleigh got ‘discovered’ some years ago and set about ruining itself. It used to be a pleasant southern city that was livable and easy to navigate. Some people are having to drive two counties away just to find affordable housing. I avoid Wake county all I can when I drive east to the coast. When Raleigh lost its ‘southern’ it lost its soul. Keeping up with the other southern sewer, Charlotte.

    diver64 in reply to Mercyneal. | March 26, 2023 at 1:22 pm

    We moved to NC a number of years ago and spent a few months in Raleigh then moved to the country. It’s much, much better outside of the cities. Unfortunately, everyone else seems to agree with all of the housing developments eating up the soybean and tobacco fields. Those that haven’t been paved over with solar farms, that is and it is why my wife and I are now looking elsewhere. West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisianna, Mississippi etc.

Like Trump, Robinson will win a fair election easily. He will get the R vote, the conservative independent vote, and enough support from the black dems to make it an easy win. The marxist party is going to have a tough time with their radical Christian painting as many of the black population in NC consider themselves devout Christians.

OTOH, the commie Cooper with a CCP chinese national as his #1 adviser was installed in the governors mansion through fraud. The last election saw prominent republicans win across the board including Robinson as Lt Gov. Never in history has there been such a sweep of R’s and people switching their vote to D for the big chair. Not possible,