North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson loves a good conspiracy theory, but apparently, his advisors were able to convince him to skip taking the stage at what has been described as a “conspiratorial roadshow,” WGHP reported.
Robinson, who is running to become the state’s next governor, was scheduled to appear at the ReAwaken America tour in Las Vegas from Aug. 25-26. The event’s founder, Clay Clark, tweeted on June 21 that Robinson would be attending the tour’s two-day stop in Nevada.
ReAwaken America is a “traveling conspiracy theory exposition and political rally” that is being led by Gen. Michael Flynn (ex-national security advisor for Donald Trump) and Clark, who is a podcast host that is currently being sued for defamation for claims about Dominion Voting Systems and the 2020 election, according to NPR.
Clark and Flynn have been taking their tour throughout the country and bringing along with them a rotating cast of problematic right-wingers including Alex Jones, Roger Stone and Eric Trump, while also providing a friendly space for QAnon conspiracy theorists.
WGHP reached out to Robinson’s campaign for comment and communications director Michael Lonergan responded by saying only, “The Lt. Governor will not be attending this event” and offered no further explanation.
While his campaign didn’t provide any insight into the decision, it’s easy to see that it would not be a good look to be seen attending an event that the Anti-Defamation League has described as “a series of controversial far-right conferences held across the United States featuring prominent QAnon influencers, anti-vaccination activists, election fraud conspiracy theorists, Christian pastors, political candidates and elected officials.”
The reality, though, is that these are Mark Robinson’s people. This is the kind of man he is and these are the kinds of people he regularly associates with.
WGHP reported that ReAwaken America is not dissimilar to other speaking engagements that Robinson has attended out of state in recent months, including the “Faith Over Fear” rally led by right-wing activists accused of election denial and the Moms for Liberty “Joyful Warriors” summit last month, where he came under fire for comments about Hitler. Moms for Liberty was designated as an extremist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center just a week prior to their summit.
It appears that he has now been advised to cut back on attending these types of events as they will make it more difficult for him to appear more moderate and less extreme as he tries to fool voters who don’t know him yet. It’s important for North Carolinians to know who the real Mark Robinson is.