GOP Official Quits After Daily Show Remarks
Don Yelton referred to 'lazy blacks' who want government help
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 25, 2013 1:35 AM CDT
Updated Oct 25, 2013 6:00 AM CDT
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(Newser) – On Wednesday night's Daily Show, a North Carolina county GOP official discussed new voter ID laws in the state—and his racially-charged comments have prompted his resignation, Politico reports. If a new measure hurts college students, whites, or "a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it," Don Yelton, who was a Republican precinct chairman in Buncombe County, said. He noted: "I've been called a bigot before," but "one of my best friends is black," he told Daily Show correspondent Aasif Maandvi.

After a series of comments from Yelton along the same lines, Maandvi asked, "You know that we can hear you, right?" In a statement, state party chair Claude Pope called for Yelton's resignation, labeling the remarks "outrageous and intolerant." "Mr. Yelton does not speak for either the Buncombe County Republican Party or the North Carolina Republican Party," said the statement, posted on Facebook. But Yelton isn't repudiating his comments. "The comments that were made, that I said, I stand behind them. I believe them," he told local paper Mountain Xpress, per Politico. "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."

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Oct 28, 2013 2:33 PM CDT
I guess it's just not enough to say "a bunch of lazy PEOPLE that want the government to give them everything." Some people have to bring race into everything.
Oct 26, 2013 3:22 PM CDT
I noticed most of the comments below have todo with voter ID. How people are trying to prevent other people from voting by requiring a valid ID to vote. When you, the voter, first registered to vote, did you have to show an ID to prove that you were who you said you were? Did you have to prove that you were old enough to vote? Did you have to prove that you were a resident of the state and entitled to vote? Did you have to show proof that you were entitled to vote in that ward or district? Did you just showup at the polling place and say I want to vote, give me a ballot? No one asked you your name or checked to see if you were registered to vote? They just let you vote, no questions asked? You could have gone back and voted as many times as you wanted?
Oct 25, 2013 4:42 PM CDT
How can we suppress the bagger vote...umm lets see...before than can vote they must sign a pledge that they agree America is a secular pluralistic nation as envisioned by the Founders ....that will kill off the fundys and values voters. No it would be better to make them sign a pledge that says they agree that Jesus through his "camel through the eye of a needle story" categorically stated that rich men do not go to heaven. That would kill them all off.