Daily Show Interview Costs Racist GOP Chair His Job

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If you’re a racist Republican from North Carolina, it’s probably not the best idea to agree to an interview with The Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi, but sadly Buncombe County Republican precinct chair Don Yelton didn’t know any better.

The conservative activist, once described as “the Rush Limbaugh of Western North Carolina,” appeared on Wednesday night’s episode of The Daily Show to talk about voter suppression, North Carolina’s voter I.D. laws, and lazy blacks.

Needless to say, the interview did not go well. In fact, it went so badly that on Thursday, Don Yelton was asked to step down from his position in the Buncombe County Republican Party.

But what could he have possibly said that would force a resignation?

When discussing North Carolina’s new voter ID law, over which the Justice Department has sued the state, Yelton argued that the law isn’t racist… but he has “been called a bigot before.”

And then the quotes just came pouring out:

“Matter of fact, one of my best friends is black.”

“I had a picture one time of Obama sittin’ on a stump as a witch doctor and I posted that on Facebook. I was making fun of the white half of Obama, not the black half.”

“When I was a young man, you didn’t call a black a black, you called him a negro.”

“If [the law] hurts the whites so be it. If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it.”

“Now you have a black person using the term n***** this and n***** that and it’s okay for them to do it.”

It was at this point that a nearly speechless Aasif Mandvi responded, “You know that we can hear you, right?”

Even Republicans from Buncombe County, North Carolina thought Yelton’s comments were “offensive, uniformed, and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party.”

“Let me make it very clear, Mr. Yelton’s comments do not reflect the belief or feelings of Buncombe republicans, nor do they mirror any core principle that our party is founded upon,” Buncombe GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell stated. “This mentality will not be supported or propagated within our party.”

But Yelton, who did not seek GOP permission to give The Daily Show interview, is sticking by his answers and was pleased with the edited version of the interview.

“The comments that were made, that I said, I stand behind them. I believe them,” he said.

In fact, he thinks The Daily Show went easy on him:

“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.”

At least he’s honest!

Via: The Huffington Post

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