“Robinson, who recently announced his run for North Carolina governor, is advertised first among the primary speakers in the rally.”
A new report from North Carolina’s Fox8 details how Republican North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Mark Robinson is slated to appear at an event alongside election deniers, conspiracy theorists, an Oath Keeper, and Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Eric Deters.
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Fox8: Election deniers helm Georgia rally where North Carolina Lt. Gov. Robinson will speak
By: Emily Mikkelsen
- North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is slated to speak at a rally in Georgia amid a slate of speakers known for denying the results of the 2020 election among other conspiracy theories.
- The Faith Over Fear Rally is scheduled for May 13, 2023, in Loganville, Georgia. Robinson is one of a few featured speakers that includes former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Kandiss Taylor, Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Eric Deters and U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.).
- Also in attendance is Mack McGregor, a former candidate for Georgia’s lieutenant governor who appeared on the leaked database of Oath Keepers membership; media personality Kelly Walker; Deon Black, a “Conservative commentator” who goes by Poetic Patriot online; and Cooper Jacks, who represents the group GATR (Georgia Teen Republicans).
- Many of the guests have been accused of perpetuating false claims about election integrity, including Robinson himself, who tweeted that the 2020 election, in which he was elected, was “rife with overt fraud.”
- Robinson, who recently announced his run for North Carolina governor, is advertised first among the primary speakers in the rally. The rally does not appear on his campaign website’s “events” tabs, nor does any of his social media advertise his speaking at this rally.
- Eric Deters is running for governor in Kentucky and has also expressed belief in false claims of a stolen election, as well as downplaying the significance of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.
- He released a video on Twitter speaking to his followers about the subject, titled “Concerned about election fraud?” on March 2, and recently pleaded guilty to chasing his nephew with his truck and sending harassing messages to his sister-in-law.
- “I am the only Republican gubernatorial candidate who says McConnell’s gotta go, they stole the election and January 6 was much ado about nothing,” Deters said in Sept. 2022, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
- Election officials have repeatedly said there is no evidence of significant fraudulent activity in any recent elections. False claims about election fraud led to a nearly $800 million settlement between Dominion Voting and Fox News, with another lawsuit from Smartmatic looming.
- WGHP reached out to Robinson’s office and campaign for comment about his attendance and did not receive a response. WGHP also reached out to event organizers for additional information about the speaker schedule or topics for the Faith Over Fear Rally but did not receive a response.
Published: May 4, 2023