Trans women should be arrested over bathroom use: NC Gov candidate Mark Robinson

North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson (R), a leading Republican gubernatorial candidate, said at a campaign rally earlier this month that the government should arrest transgender people if they use the bathroom of their choice. .

video of the meeting, first reported The Washington Post shows that Robinson has launched a fierce attack on the rights of transgender women.

“We are going to protect the women of this state,” he said. Said. “So if you were a man on a Friday night and all of a sudden on Saturday you feel like a woman and you want to go into the women’s bathroom down the hall, you’re going to get arrested or whatever we’re going to do to you.” It’s about whether you do it.”

In another video from the same day, he Said The crowd said, “If you are confused, [about which bathroom to use], find some outside corner. Sorry, but we don’t intend to destroy society with this. ”

Transgender rights, especially bathroom rights, have long been a political topic in North Carolina. The Tar Heel State try banning first In 2017, transgender people were banned from using public restrooms of their choice. The law was repealed after a compromise by the state Legislature, but a later version was struck down by a federal judge in 2019.

Robinson is leading in early polls in the state’s Republican gubernatorial primary. He was endorsed by former President Trump in June and has a significant lead over his opponents in terms of fundraising.

Democrats have attacked Robinson as an extremist and called attention to a series of controversial comments on topics ranging from calling members of the LGBTQ community “filth” to referring to the Holocaust as a “garbage house.” ing.

Transgender issues have become a political flashpoint in Republican circles, with particular focus on bathrooms and education. The number of laws targeting LGBTQ people in the United States has skyrocketed in recent years, increasing by about 60% from 2022 to 2023 alone, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU warned last month that more than 275 anti-LGBTQ bills have already been introduced in state legislatures for the 2024 session.

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