Republican Mark Robinson Declares 'Some Folks Need Killing' In Bizarre Rant

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, the state’s Republican nominee for governor, declared that “some folks need killing” in a bizarre rant at a church Sunday.

“It’s time for somebody to say it. It’s not a matter of vengeance. It’s not a matter of being mean or spiteful. It’s a matter of necessity,” said Robinson, a conspiracy theorist who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

“When you have wicked people doing wicked things, torturing and murdering and raping, it’s time to call out those guys in green and go have them handled. Or those boys in blue and have them go handle it,” he said at Lake Church in the town of White Lake.

Robinson, whose speech was first reported by The New Republic, has a history of controversial remarks.

In the past, he’s said that he’d “absolutely want to go back to the America where women couldn’t vote.” He’s also called the 1960s Civil Rights Movement “crap,” shared Islamophobic posts on social media, quoted Adolf Hitler, denied the Holocaust, suggested that transgender women should “find a corner outside somewhere” instead of using their preferred public bathroom, and described school shooting survivors as “spoiled, angry, know it all CHILDREN.”

Robinson said Sunday that “we now find ourselves struggling with people who have evil intent.”

“You know, there’s a time when we used to meet evil on the battlefield and guess what we did to it? We killed it,” said Robinson, who went on to refer to killing members of the Japanese military after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

“We didn’t argue and capitulate and talk about ‘well, maybe we shouldn’t fight the Nazis that hard.’ No, they’re bad. Kill them. Some liberal somewhere is going to say that sounds awful. Too bad. Get mad at me if you want to.”

He later declared that “we need to start handling our business again.”

“The further away we get from the concept of 1776 and why we declared our independence and how we declared our independence, the further we start sliding into making 1776 a distant memory and the tenets of socialism and communism start coming into clearer focus,” he said.

“They’re watching us. They’re listening to us. They’re tracking us. They get mad at you. They cancel you. They dox you. They kick you off social media. They come in and close down your business. Folks, it’s happening ... because we have forgotten who we are.”

The Rev. Cameron McGill, the pastor of Lake Church, told The New Republic that both he and the GOP nominee predicted the “killing” comments would be “scrutinized.”

“Without a doubt, those he deemed worthy of death [were] those seeking to kill us,” Cameron told the outlet, adding that Robinson “certainly did not imply the taking of any innocent lives.”

Michael Lonergan, a spokesperson for Robinson’s gubernatorial campaign, told NewsNation that the GOP nominee’s comments referred specifically to the Japanese and Nazis during World War II.

Morgan Hopkins, a campaign spokesperson for Robinson’s Democratic opponent, Josh Stein, said in a statement to NC Newsline that the Republican’s “comments fall into a long history of Robinson endorsing violence, including political violence.”