If North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson wants women’s votes, he sure has a funny way of showing it.
Robinson, a Republican positioning himself to run for governor in 2024, interpreted biblical scripture to suggest that women should not be in charge. (Watch the video below.)
“We are called to be led by men,” he said last month in a Charlotte-area church speech reported by WRAL on Monday. He acknowledged at the same time that such remarks would get him “in trouble.” On Tuesday, he accused the media of reporting misleadingly on the matter.
“God sent women out … when they had to do their thing, but when it was time to face down Goliath, [he] sent David. Not Davida — David,” he said at the time.
By the same token, God picked Moses to lead the Israelites, he said.
“Not Momma Moses,” he preached. “Daddy Moses.”
Well more than half of North Carolina’s registered voters are female, according to state records.
“My God tells me that when I face adversity that, number one, I am to stand up like a man! M-A-N!” he added during a rant in which he chided churchgoers who “listen to the doctrine of social justice instead of listening to the doctrine of Jesus Christ.”
Robinson on Tuesday posted a video to Facebook, saying his words about leadership were misinterpreted. He said he was encouraging men to step up in leadership roles. He praised the leadership his mother showed in raising him and said he believed women can succeed as leaders in their own homes and in the community and nation.
But the far-right lieutenant governor has a history of making incendiary comments.
Robinson, a Donald Trump supporter who spoke at the former president’s North Carolina rally in April, has previously suggested on social media that Michelle Obama was a man.