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After appearing on Wednesday night’s episode of The Daily Show, North Carolina GOP Precinct Chair Don Yelton has decided to resign from his position over racist comments that he made. In an interview with Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi, Yelton said he was in favor of his state’s controversial voter ID laws.

“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. 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,” Yelton said in the interview.

Yelton remains steadfast about what he said, even though the interview clips were shortened and edited from a two-hour long sit down interview.

“The comments that were made, that I said, I stand behind them. I believe them,” he told the Mountain Xpress in a follow-up interview.

Yelton also mentioned that he was prepared for the supposed backlash that he would receive from being on the show.

“Everybody and their brother told me ‘they’re going to make fun of you. I don’t think we can run from the people that disagree with us. If you’re not willing to talk to people you disagree with, than you’re never going to accomplish anything. So that’s why I agreed to take the interview.”

His party is not too keen on Yelton’s statements. The Buncombe County GOP released a statement via Facebook about his controversial claims:

“Mr. Yeltons [sic] 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.”

They also asked for him to resign. This is the second time that Yelton has been removed from a position within North Carolina’s GOP.

“We have requested that Don resign his position of precinct chair and if he is unwilling to do this, we will again be pursuing avenues to remove him from any and all positions at any level within the state,”  Chairman Mitchell said.

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  • sixfoota

    “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”

    I love how descriptive he was when describing “blacks” (I hate that, too. Let’s throw a noun in there, please) but “whites” were just white. No adjectives necessary.

    That man ain’t going nowhere. He’ll be working under-the-radar for a few months but he’ll be back in the spotlight by the beginning of 2014. Why would they fire someone they agree with?

  • Eduardo

    In the context of politics and damage control, it’s not so bad that one person says something stupid. It’s the fact that racists seem to like to hang out at the GOP. They may do well in 2014 in their districts but they’re going nowhere in 2016, even with Chris Christie.

  • Tina L

    I respect that he stood by his words. He did not go with the usual – my words were taken out of context excuse. I read another interview with him where he said the interview lasted 2 hours and there were worse things they could have used and he added that he stood by every word.

    What I don’t get is what is the point if your job is to bring people to your party and to the polls for your candidate? You have to live in some kind of bubble to think speaking this way is an effective strategy. The county is not all white and every white person in the county is not racist enough to find those words acceptable but enough party officials were comfortable with that type of speak that he felt validated in speaking it. My favorite part of the interview was when the interviewer said to him, “You do know we can hear you?”

  • vintage3000

    These demons are stewing in hate juice. Would be cool if they all just self combust, but watching them suffer in their anger while they circle the wagons is like observing another species.

  • Anthony

    Eric Holder needs to send Don Yeldon flowers and thank you card because that interview can serve as exhibit A in a lawsuit against the new North Carolina voter ID law because the Voting Rights Act still allows lawsuits if the government can prove the intent to discriminate.