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.