In case anyone missed the incident, Yelton had an interview this week with “The Daily Show” correspondent Aasif Mandvi. Yelton was talking about the new voting restrictions that had been imposed on North Carolina in the wake of the Supreme Court striking down parts of the Voting Rights Act.
Yelton kept talking, and said of the restrictions, “The law is going to kick the Democrats in the butt.” Not stopping, he added that
“if it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it.” He also suggested that it was okay if the law hurts whites and “lazy” college students.
Yelton argued the law wasn't racist, though he's "been called a bigot before." Then he pointed out one of his best friends was black. Continuing to stick his foot further down his throat, he then pointed out,
"Now you have a black person using the term, "N— this and n— that, and it's OK for them to do it."
At this point Mandvi pointed out, "You know that we can hear you, right?"
The video clip of that interview has been viewed over 910,000 times already, and has been "liked" on Facebook more than 44,000 times. It is fairly obvious the issue is not going to be put to rest any time soon, either.
It was learned that Yelton has turned in his resignation, according to Nathan West, a spokesman for the Buncombe County Republican Party. He went on to say the party had asked that Yelton resign, as a direct result of the interview.
The Buncombe County Republican Party issues a statement condemning Yelton's remarks:
Mr. Yelton's comments are offensive, uniformed, and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party," the statement read. "In no way are his comments representative of the local or state Republican Party."