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'Yeah, I said that': North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Mark Robinson embraced Trump's false claims on 2020 election

Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan, The News & Observer on

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is the front-runner in the Republican primary for governor in 2024, and could receive the endorsement of former President Donald Trump at an event at Mar-a-Lago next week.

Trump faces a slew of criminal charges related to his attempt to overturn the 2020 election, which President Joe Biden won.

The former president continues to push false claims about the election, and an audio recording obtained by The News & Observer shows Robinson has embraced those claims.

Robinson, who has endorsed Trump, said in a speech at a church in 2021 that Biden “stole the election,” the recording shows.

Robinson spoke in the cadence of a sermon, focused on what he described as “demonic” television full of bad news. He preached to members of the Beulah Baptist Church congregation in Bennett for about 45 minutes, telling them that they should turn off the television and stand up for stances he believes they should take: against abortion, ”transgenderism” and ”indoctrination” in schools, and in support of Second Amendment gun rights.

He advised his audience not to listen to what’s on television about what Black people cannot accomplish, giving himself as an example for reaching the office of lieutenant governor in spite of growing up in poverty and around domestic violence and crime. Robinson is the first Black lieutenant governor in North Carolina.

 

His words about Biden and the election came about 20 minutes into the speech as he talked about what he described as the “obvious goodness in this nation,” and people helping others.

“When you’re in trouble, folks will come running. Because in this nation, we believe in helping each other, and we believe in doing the right thing. Let somebody come over here and come attack this nation. Lord, I hate to see it. See, those folks right now on that television tell you that patriotism is dead. They’ll tell you its body is laying dead in Washington, D.C.,” Robinson pausing for a second before continuing:

“Right up there outside one of them fences that Joe Biden put up to protect himself from people because they were so mad, because he stole the election. Yeah, I said that,” Robinson said, which was followed by applause.

The federal government installed fencing after the Jan. 6, 2021, riots and attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, when rioters wanting to overturn the results of the 2020 election broke into the building and attacked law enforcement, resulting in the deaths of four people and extensive property destruction. The fencing eventually came down.

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