North Carolina county precinct GOP Chair Don Yelton has resigned from his position less than 24 hours after his appearance on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" sparked racism allegations.
A spokesman for the Buncombe County Republican Party confirmed to Business Insider that Yelton resigned, which the party requested in "direct response to the interview."
Mediaite's Matt Wilstein explains why Yelton's interview riled people up:
So what did Yelton say in his interview with The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi that was so objectionable? He insisted that the voter-ID law is “not racist” before admitting that he’s been called a “bigot” in the past. He defended a picture of President Obama “sitting on a stump as a witch doctor” as making fun of the “white half” of the president. He said if the law “hurts a bunch of lazy blacks who just want the government to give them everything, so be it.”
When Yelton started throwing around the “n-word” and complaining that only black people are allowed to use it, Mandvi stopped him to ask, “
It only made things worse that Yelton’s ignorance was presented in contrast to the reasoned arguments of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), the historic civil rights leader, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Buncombe County Republican Party moved to distance itself from Yelton, releasing the following statement:
"Mr. Yelton’s 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."
Watch the interview that started it all via Comedy Central: