A North Carolina Republican official has resigned after appearing on the “Daily Show” Wednesday night and making racist remarks about the state’s new voter ID legislation.
Don Yelton, former Republican precinct chairman in Buncombe County, bragged to correspondent Aasif Maandvi that the new law "is gonna kick the Democrats in the butt.”
"If it hurts a bunch of college kids too lazy to get up off their bohonkas and go get a photo ID, so be it. If it hurts a bunch of whites, so be it." Yelton said, "If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it."
He claimed one or two people out of 60,000 in his county vote twice in any given election.
“So statistically there’s enough voter fraud to sway zero elections,” Maandvi quipped.
“That’s not the point,” Yelton said.
Later in the interview Yelton admitted, “I’ve been called a bigot before.”
After the show aired, Buncombe County Republicans asked Yelton to resign from his position.
After resigning, Yelton refused to apologize for what he said in the interview.
"There's nothing I said that I would take back – so be it," Yelton told the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Yelton told the Citizen-Times that in spite of the circumstances, he would not change anything, and he refused to apologize.
The North Carolina GOP took to Facebook to denounce what he said, calling it "outrageous and intolerant."
"The North Carolina Republican Party finds the comments made by Mr. Yelton to be completely inappropriate and highly offensive," the group said in a statement. "I would like to make it very clear that Mr. Yelton does not speak for either the Buncombe County Republcan Party or the North Carolina Republican Party."