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Anti-LGBTQ+ GOP governor candidate allegedly endangered kids at his childcare center

Anti-LGBTQ+ Lt. Gov of North Carolina, Mark Robinson
Lt. Gov of North Carolina, Mark Robinson Photo: Screenshot

North Carolina’s anti-LGBTQ+ Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson (R) – who is running for governor, considers LGBTQ+ people as “filthy” “demons” who “mentally rape” children, and is currently under scrutiny for his past bankruptcies and non-payment of taxes — also received citations for numerous violations at the child care center he operated with his wife from 2000 to 2007, according to The News & Observer.

While Robinson and his wife ran the Precious Beginnings Child Development Center in Greensboro, state inspectors documented dozens of violations relating to sanitation, safety, and nutrition issues, and also allegedly falsified documents. The state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) said the Robinsons presented falsified documents claiming that employees had completed training certifications and criminal background checks that the state had no record of issuing.

The DHHS also noted that Robinson’s childcare center failed to put sleeping infants on their backs, improperly refrigerated infant formula, improperly stored medications, had exposed electrical outlets, lacked a certified childcare administrator on site, and allowed staff members to talk on cell phones while supervising children.

The DHHS began an administrative action against the center’s license due to “attempts to falsify information regarding Credential Certificates.” But the department dropped the investigation after the Robinsons sold the childcare center to other operators.

“It was hard at times to operate effectively because there were so many regulations and red tape,” Robinson wrote of the childcare center in his memoir, adding that he and his wife sold the business because “she no longer wanted to deal with the frustrations of running the daycare under so much red tape.”

Mike Lonergan, communications director for Robinson’s campaign, said reporting of the center’s issues was “just another attempt by liberals to dig up old news – some of it even by decades – to smear Mark Robinson.”

Robinson is infamous for his many anti-LGBTQ+ comments

Among Robinson’s many anti-LGBTQ+ statements, he has called homosexuality “an abominable sin,” referred to lesbian celebrity Ellen DeGeneres as a “top ranking demon… proudly serving in Satan’s army,” and has called former First Lady Michelle Obama “a man,” repeating a transphobic misogynoir conspiracy theory. He has also called the trans equality movement “demonic” and “full of the spirit of Antichrist.”

In March 2023, Robinson declared that God created him to battle against LGBTQ+ rights and added, “Makes me sick every time I see it — a church that flies that Rainbow flag, which is a direct spit in the face of God almighty.” In 2021, Robinson compared LGBTQ+ people to cow dung.

In 2021, Robinson created an education task force to investigate and pull LGBTQ+ literature from public schools, as well as report instances of LGBTQ+ inclusion in schools. In an October 24, 2019 Facebook post against gender-affirming care for minors, Robinson wrote that trans children are being “mentally raped” by their parents and other supportive adults. In 2017, he wrote on Facebook, “You CAN NOT love God and support the homosexual agenda.”

Robinson has said that trans people should defecate on public street corners outside rather than using bathrooms matching their gender identity. He also wrote on social media, later adding, “Note to liberals; I’ll accept ‘Gay Pride’ when you accept ‘White Pride.’”

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