RALEIGH, N.C.— An appearance on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” has cost Don Yelton, a member of the North Carolina Republican Party, his position as Buncombe County precinct chair for the GOP.
A five-minute segment of the Comedy Central show Wednesday night about the state’s new election law focused a good bit on Yelton’s racial views.
On Thursday, as the video went viral, Claude Pope, chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, called for Yelton’s resignation.
“The North Carolina Republican Party finds the comments made by Mr. Yelton to be completely inappropriate and highly offensive,” Pope said in a statement the state GOP released.
Yelton said the law’s intent is not racial but designed to “kick the Democrats in the butt.”
He also criticized lazy college students and “lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything” because the state was issuing free IDs to ease compliance.
“I can’t believe we have that many stupid people in North Carolina. People who don’t know how to follow directions and go down there and get a photo ID for free at the DMV. Do we want those people picking your president?” Yelton asked.
Before the interview with “Daily Show” correspondent Aasif Mandvi aired, Yelton complained that the show’s producers would edit the footage to make him sound racist.
“The questions were such that the answers can be played with. I expect them to play with my answers for racism,” he told the Mountain Xpress in Asheville. “They got real upset because I laughed a lot, because it was so obvious what they were doing.”
Buncombe GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell told Dome Thursday evening Yelton resigned at his request.
“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. This mentality will not be supported or propagated within our party,” Mitchell said in a statement.