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  • Reply to: The face of GOP extremism in North Carolina   4 hours 55 min ago

    It did seem weird that somebody who didn't already have a gun would be so upset. Maybe they found him before that? Which is even weirder...

  • Reply to: The face of GOP extremism in North Carolina   5 hours 37 min ago

    Yep, I remember that.

    I still think that appearance and the publicity push behind it was a setup. Robinson was just one of many angry nobodies that regularly yell at clouds at city council meetings. I remember thinking, at the time, that the attention it received, especially from right-wing social media smelled suspicious.

  • Reply to: The face of GOP extremism in North Carolina   5 hours 46 min ago

    He emerged into the limelight by speaking as a "concerned citizen" at a meeting about curtailing gun shows at the Coliseum. Said he didn't own any guns, but wanted to be able to get one if he needed to.

    Right-wing gun-nuts immediately adopted him, and he's been groomed ever since.

  • Reply to: The face of GOP extremism in North Carolina   19 hours 1 min ago

    What fascinates me about Robinson is that the guy was a nobody just a few months before the election. He had a YouTube channel with, literally, a few dozen views and really no other public presence to speak of.

    But, Turning Point USA, the ultra right-wing group active on college campuses and the asshats who first started "Professor Watch Lists" to intimidate and harass faculty they perceived as "liberal", booked Robinson for some speaking appearances and started pushing his candidacy for office.

    I looked up his campaign funders at Open Secrets when it became available and it was filled with out of state donors that have given money to people like Ted Cruz, Matt Gaetz, and Margie Taylor Greene. While Robinson's predecessor, Dan Forest, had his funding roots in the extreme evangelical movement, Robinson's funding base is firmly among the GOP donors that keep tossing money at insurrectionists.

    There's something more to Robinson's story here that reporters should be digging into, particularly how he was hand-picked for this role and just what the hell he's getting out of it.

  • Reply to: The face of GOP extremism in North Carolina   21 hours 27 min ago

    I spent a few hours catching up on Robinson's public activities. Wow. What a shit show. And so so so so so full of hate. Black Trump.