Trump, Mark Robinson share more than the stage at a Florida fundraiser – they also share a disdain for affordable health care

Trump, Mark Robinson share more than the stage at a Florida fundraiser – they also share a disdain for affordable health care

Further proving that he’s more than happy to tie himself to an accused criminal if it leads to money and the possibility of power, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson was at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida on Tuesday night as the ex-president hosted a fundraiser for Robinson’s gubernatorial campaign.

Tickets for the event started at $1,000, WUNC reported.

This fundraiser wasn’t the first time Robinson and Trump spent time together. The two have a history of supporting and praising one another that dates back several years. In a speech Tuesday night, Trump referred to Robinson as “North Carolina’s next governor” and compared his speaking style to Martin Luther King Jr.

“First it was the voice — I said, ‘that voice is good,'” Trump said Tuesday, according to a video of the event posted to Facebook. “And then I said, ‘You know what, I swear, I think you’re better than Dr. Martin Luther King.'”

Comparing Robinson to any figure of the Civil Rights Movement is laughable considering his history of comments about Black people and civil rights issues. In one such example from 2017, Robinson wrote that he doesn’t consider himself part of the “African-American community” because he has no desire “to be part of a ‘community’ that devalues it’s [sic] fathers, overburdens it’s [sic] mothers, and murders its children by the millions.” In 2018, Robinson said on a podcast that the Civil Rights Movement was a “communist plot to subvert capitalism” and that “So many freedoms were lost during the Civil Rights Movement.”

The similarities between Trump and Robinson go beyond the lying, the thirst for power, the anger, the madness, the hatred, the lack of respect for societal norms, and so on – they also share another character trait – they both entirely lack good judgment.

Their shared lack of good judgment (along with their general cruelty) helps to explain their appalling views on health care. 

Just days before North Carolina expanded Medicaid to 600,000 more North Carolinians, Trump took to social media and threatened to take away health care from millions of Americans – should he beat President Joe Biden next November.

In his post, Trump threatened to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, saying he was “seriously looking at alternatives” to the ACA. As a reminder, Medicaid expansion is a key component of the ACA and has provided health insurance coverage to millions of Americans, including hundreds of thousands in North Carolina since the program was expanded here on Dec. 1.

While on the topic of Medicaid expansion, it should be noted that Mark Robinson is vehemently opposed to the program and his comments on the topic leave no doubt about his true feelings. 

“I’m not in favor of Medicaid expansion,” he said, “I hope that it fails.

Even after Medicaid expansion passed with bipartisan support earlier this year, Robinson said that he was “dismayed” and “not pleased” about its passage. He went on to say that he was “still not in favor of that” and he “[doesn’t] like that it’s here.”

Thanks to Medicaid Expansion, North Carolina will receive over $1 billion from the federal government to spend on healthcare needs statewide, including mental health care and training for doctors and nurses – none of it thanks to Mark Robinson or Donald Trump.

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Patrick Zarcone

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