Dangerous Nut Jobs Hope to Run Our State

Much has been written about the mental health of Donald Trump, including a book by over two dozen leading psychiatrists who concluded that Trump is a dangerous, sociopathic narcissist (for example, just last week Trump said, “If I don’t get elected, it’s going to be a bloodbath in this country”). In “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” Dr. Bandy Lee compiled reports by 27 psychiatrists and mental health experts who conducted in-depth studies of Trump’s actual words and actions and warned that his sickness and toxic behavior is contagious in that he has an ability to inspire cult-like characteristics of his followers. In a sense, these respected health professionals warned us about January 6, four years before it happened.

Today that cult is comprised of tens of millions of registered voters who still believe the myth that Joe Biden did not win the 2020 election. Aside from voters, Trump also controls elected officials, and not just on the federal level. His cult includes down ballot candidates, two of whom are seeking high office here in North Carolina. Lt. Governor Mark Robinson is running for governor, and Michele Morrow is running to become State Superintendent of Public Instruction. I’m no psychiatrist, but based on their words and positions we should all be very afraid at the prospect of these two folks winning in November.

Michele Morrow

Just in terms of job qualifications alone, Morrow comes up short for several important reasons: She’s never taught in a public school; she has no training in school administration; and, Morrow refuses to enroll her own kids in public schools, so she home-schools them. And while her lack of experience is concerning, it’s Morrow’s distorted belief system and violently demented statements that should send shivers up the backs of every North Carolinian.

A recent report by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski revealed a number of disturbing comments, posts, and tweets that Ms. Morrow has made over the past few years. For example, she once posted a doctored photo of Obama strapped to an electric chair, and she also tweeted the following:

“I prefer a pay-per-view of him in front of a firing squad. I do not want to waste another dime supporting his life. We could make some money back from televising his death.”

In January of 2021, she warned that Chinese troops were on their way to Washington to make sure Biden was inaugurated. Morrow tweeted: “Tens of thousands of Chinese soldiers are already in Canada and probably Mexico waiting for orders to invade.”

And at the height of the COVID pandemic, Morrow called Biden a traitor for asking Americans to wear a mask, then said we should kill all traitors.

Morrow also believes that celebrities harvest the blood of children, that Muslims are evil, that COVID vaccines are population control, and that public schools are nothing but indoctrination centers where she claims preschoolers are being taught that men can get pregnant, and that lessons on racial equity would make students hate our country (Huffpost, March 6, 2024). All this is a bit strange for someone who wants to oversee the public education of 1.3 million North Carolina students. But if Morrow’s candidacy isn’t disconcerting enough for you, just examine the philosophies of this year’s GOP nominee for governor.

Mark Robinson

After his 2018 gun rights rant to Greensboro City Council went viral, Mark Robinson, a Black conservative who worked in furniture manufacturing, became an instant celebrity and darling of the Trump cult. That propelled him to win the lt. governor’s race which gave him an even bigger platform on which to spew his wild theories and hate speech.

Not surprisingly Robinson is an election denier and a climate change denier. He wants to remove science and social studies curriculum in first through fifth grades (WRAL). When speaking to a church in 2021, he said, “There’s no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that filth (CBS 17).” He claimed the movie Black Panther was produced by satanic Marxists (Raleigh News & Observer). In a Facebook post last year Robinson wrote that the holocaust “is a bunch of hogwash” (News & Observer). And while speaking to Republican Women of Pitt County in 2020, Robinson said, “I absolutely want to go back to the America where women couldn’t vote.” He once called survivors of the Parkland school massacre, “spoiled little bastards” (CNN), and said that mass shootings are “karma for abortion (Media Matters for America).” And while claiming to be a law and order candidate, Robinson told a crowd in Naples Florida that, “If the FBI comes knocking at your door, it’s time to stand up and fight (CNN).”

So there you have it folks. One candidate wants to shape the minds of our children while advocating for the execution of politicians, and another wants to be the governor of all people, yet hates most of them. Together they are garnering national media attention for their dangerous brand of looniness while making North Carolina into a laughing stock among Americans who possess a brain and a sense of decency.

Paraphrasing a line from the film, Hoosiers, “There are two kinds of crazy. The guy that gets naked and barks at the moon, and the guy who does the same thing in my living room. The first one don’t matter. The second one you’re forced to deal with.”

This year Robinson and Morrow are barking at the moon in our living room, and there is only one way to deal with them. Vote for their Democratic opponents before the Chinese army invades us from Canada.


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