Don Yelton has resigned as North Carolina county precinct GOP chair, and yes, it has everything to do with that Daily Show interview he took part in less than 24 hours ago.
Yelton appeared on the Comedy Central show to defend a controversial voter-ID law last night. According to a party spokesman, his forced resignation is indeed a direct result of the interview.
In case you missed it, Yelton’s interview with The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi was… interesting… to say the least. Though he argued that the voter-ID law is “not racist,” but that he has been called a “bigot” in the past. He also has a picture of President Obama “sitting on a stump as a witch doctor,” but that’s not racist either because it’s making fun of the president’s “white half.”
Also, if the voter-ID law “hurts a bunch of lazy blacks who just want the government to give them everything, so be it.”
But even still, we’re not even really at a level that hasn’t been broached by others before, right? Its gets better.
Yelton started throwing the “n-word” around and complaining that only black people are allowed to use it, and that’s just not fair. It got so bad that Mandvi broke character and incredulously asked “You know that we can hear you, right?”
For his sins, Yelton is out.
In a statement, the Buncombe County GOP said, “Mr. Yelton’s comments are offensive, uniformed, and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party. In no way are his comments representative of the local or state Republican Party.”
Interestingly, Yelton did concede that his interview might come across as racist prior to resignation time. But he seemed to think they were just just messing around. “The questions were such that the answers can be played with. I expect them to play with my answers for racism,” he told Mountain Xpress earlier today.