North Carolina’s Lieutenant Governor Appears to Have an Anti-Semitism Problem

February 22, 2021 | Matthew Kassel
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Elected North Carolina’s lieutenant governor last year, Mark Robinson is a political newcomer. (In North Carolina, candidates for lieutenant governor run independently of gubernatorial candidates.) Matthew Kassel notes some troubling remarks about Jews Robinson made before coming to office:

The lieutenant governor, . . . invoked a number of anti-Semitic tropes in the years leading up to his election. In strongly worded Facebook posts, he decried a “globalist” conspiracy to “destroy” then-President Donald Trump and took aim at Black Panther, the Marvel film whose titular protagonist, as Robinson put it, was “created by an agnostic Jew and put to film by [a] satanic Marxist.” He went on to allege, using a Yiddish slur, that the movie “was only created to pull the shekels out of your Schvartze pockets” [sic].

Last fall, Raleigh’s News & Observer unearthed an interview in which Robinson spoke with a fringe pastor, Sean Moon [the son of Reverend Sun Myung Moon], who claimed that the modern incarnation of the four horsemen of the apocalypse [are] China, the CIA, Islam, and the Rothschild family of “international bankers that rule every single national or federal-reserve-type style of central bank in every single country.”

Rather than objecting, . . . Robinson grunted along in agreement: “That’s exactly right.”

Such statements might be less worrisome if Robinson had made a greater effort to distance himself from them:

“When I made those [Facebook] posts as a private citizen, I was speaking directly to issues that I’m passionate about,” he said at the news conference in early February. “As a public servant, I have to put those opinions behind me and do what’s right for everyone in North Carolina,” he added. “I’m grown enough to do that.”

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