Republican leader Don Yelton resigns after racially charged 'Daily Show' interview
"The Daily Show" is now ending careers.
Don Yelton, a Republican precinct chairman in North Carolina, resigned on Thursday (Oct. 24) after sitting down with correspondent Aasif Mandvi to defend his state's new voter ID law, making some questionable, racially charged remarks in the process.
In the interview, which aired on Wednesday's episode, Yelton made a series of questionable statements while attempting to explain that, in his eyes, the law isn't meant to hurt African Americans, but instead meant to cripple the Democratic party by targeting Democratic voters. Although, at one point, he actually says, "If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it," so it seems he was rather confused on his message.
Among the other offensive statements? "I had a picture one time of Obama sitting on a stump as a witch doctor...," before explaining that he has an African American best friend.
At one point, Mandvi asks, incredulously, "You know that we can hear you, right?"
Buncombe GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell tells WRAL that Yelton stepped down after having been asked to resign. Mitchell says the former official's remarks were "offensive, uninformed and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party."
Watch Yelton's full "Daily Show" interview above.