According to Ballot Access News, former chairman of the American Independent Party (AIP) Markham Robinson has died of an unspecified illness. Robinson had been part of the leadership of the AIP since 2008 and is currently listed on the party website as Executive Committee chair. He was 77.
Robinson was active on Twitter under the name @BraveLad. His account currently has approximately 484,000 followers. In his final pinned Tweet, dated July 25, he wrote:
I consider creation to be an intrinsic quality of God. There never has been a time when He was not creating something. Creation changes the state of "The All" or the Universe if you prefer.#TCOT #MAGA #PROLIFE #2A #TGDN #AMERICAFIRST #TRUMP2024 #TEAPARTY https://t.co/2FM0QN3onO https://t.co/uYr3xglhpT
— Markham Robinson (@BraveLad) July 25, 2021
Robinson was involved in the birther movement questioning the validity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Recently, he questioned the citizenship of Vice President Kamala Harris. His participation in the leadership of the AIP, the third largest ballot-qualified political party in California, coincided with the party’s backing of Ambassador Alan Keyes in the 2008 presidential election and the AIP’s disaffiliation from the Constitution Party. In recent years, Robinson and the AIP have supported President Donald Trump, placing him on the ballot as their presidential nominee in 2016. In 2020, the party nominated a ticket of businessman Rocky De La Fuente and entertainer Kanye West, whom the party felt would help Trump. Robinson questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election.
Robinson is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Mary Westmoreland.