A Republican Party official in North Carolina made the foolhardy choice of appearing on Comedy Central’s satirical talk program, The Daily Show. During the shocking interview, the GOP operative spewed racist rhetoric regarding the newly minted voter ID laws in the state.
Don Yelton, a conservative activist and precinct chairman for the GOP in rural Buncombe County, made the statements during a segment with Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi on Wednesday (Oct. 23). Without flinching, Yelton essentially unveiled the GOP’s agenda in disenfranchising voters in the state after a Supreme Court decision earlier this year struck down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act.
“The law is going to kick the Democrats in the butt. If it hurts a bunch of college kids that are too lazy to get up off their bohonkas and go get a photo ID, then so be it,” said Yelton. “If it hurts a bunch of whites, so be it. If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, then so be it.”
The Buncombe County Republican Party quickly responded via their Facebook page, issuing a statement both separating themselves from Yelton’s racist barbs and saying they asked him to step down from his post. Ironically, Yelton has been booted from his chairman position before for an unknown reason but was reinstated this summer.
In classic “I’m Not A Racist” fashion, Yelton struggled and stammered to say one of his friends are black, confirmed that he uses the N-word, thinks he should be able to because blacks use the word and other revealing tidbits during the segment. Yelton’s unflinching bigotry is almost astounding to watch as he clearly was having a good old racist time on the show.
Amazingly enough, Yelton is standing behind his statements and claims he was speaking only for himself and not the Republican Party in the majority white county.
“The comments that were made, that I said, I stand behind them. I believe them,” Yelton said to independent weekly newspaper, the Mountain Xpress. “To tell you the truth, there were a lot of things I said that they could’ve made sound worse than what they put up.”
Yelton said to the Xpress he intends to step down accordingly. And good riddance.
Check out the video segment with The Daily Show and Don Yelton below.