North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson recently suggested it is time to teach children about the evils of Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Adolf Hitler and other despots by lifting the taboo of quoting them.
In a clip of his speech shared by Heartland Signal, Robinson urged the audience at the “Blessings of the Liberty Breakfast” event to re-read quotes from the infamous dictators.
“Here’s the thing. Whether you’re talking about Adolf Hitler, whether you’re talking about Chairman Mao, whether you’re talking about Stalin, whether you’re talking about Pol Pot, whether you’re talking about Castro in Cuba, or whether you’re talking about a dozen other despots all around the globe, it is time for us to get back and start reading some of those quotes,” he says in the video.
The clip, which has garnered over 4 million views as of this writing, did not include the rest of Robinson’s message that denounced the dictators responsible for the deaths of millions of people during the reigns of their respective regimes.
“It’s time for us to start teaching our children about the dirty, despicable, awful things that those communist and socialist despots did in our history,” he continued in his speech.
“Lying Leftists”: Robinson took to Twitter to criticize the uploader of the cropped clip and share a longer video that provided more context to his message.
“Only Lying Leftists would take a speech DENOUNCING dictators, communists, and socialists and try to make it seem like I support them,” he wrote. “Despicable.”
Despite his clarification, it remains significant to note that before assuming his current position, Robinson’s social media
activity revealed he regularly promotes conspiracy theories, spreads falsehoods about the 2020 election and engages in Holocaust denialism.
Quoting Hitler: In the longer clip, it is apparent that Robinson’s statement was addressing a recent controversy involving an Indiana chapter of Moms for Liberty.
The group, which has been categorized as an extremist organization by the Southern Poverty Law Center, was heavily criticized for quoting and citing Hitler in its newsletter. The group apologized and initially tried adding context to justify the quotation before deciding to remove the quote after further backlash.