In response to news reports that reveal the Republican lieutenant governor of North Carolina and the leading GOP candidate for governor, Mark Robinson, has a long history of using hateful rhetoric to disparage marginalized communities, Democratic Majority for Israel president and CEO Mark Mellman released the following statement:

“Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson’s long history of hate speech—including antisemitic statements, excusing Nazism, engaging in Holocaust denial, denigrating Muslims, transgender people and other marginalized communities—is both repugnant and dangerous. Robinson is fanning the flames of hatred and division when our country is already deeply polarized, and we’re witnessing surges in extremism and hate crimes. We urge North Carolinians to reject Robinson’s toxic rhetoric and call on all decent Republicans to condemn his remarks.”