VIDEO: Mark Robinson: ‘I Absolutely Want To Go Back To The America Where Women Couldn’t Vote’

By Keya Vakil

March 15, 2024

During his 2020 run for lieutenant governor, Mark Robinson, who won NC’s Republican primary for governor on Tuesday, said he’d “absolutely” like to return to the days when women didn’t have the right to vote.

“I absolutely want to go back to the America where women couldn’t vote,” Robinson said in a newly resurfaced video from a March 2020 event hosted by the Republican Women of Pitt County. “Do you know why? Because in those days we had people who fought for real social change.”

Robinson was recalling a situation where someone asked conservative activist Candace Owens to pick which version of America from the past would make the country “great again,” one where “Black people were swinging from cheap trees” or one where women weren’t allowed to vote.

Robinson said he’d want to return to the days before the 19th amendment gave women the right to vote, because back then, it was Republicans who were fighting for social change, though he did not acknowledge that the early 20th century version of the Republican Party is unrecognizable compared to today’s.


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  • Keya Vakil

    Keya Vakil is the deputy political editor at COURIER. He previously worked as a researcher in the film industry and dabbled in the political world.



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