Don Yelton’s fifteen minutes of fame has resulted in his removal from the North Carolina GOP Executive Board. Yelton appeared on the middle segment of the Daily Show Wednesday night and forgot to parrot the party line. He actually held forth on what is discussed behind closed doors, i.e. the true goals of voter ID laws.
He was interviewed by Aasif Mondvi interspersed with the comedian talking with civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis.
Here’s a clue Mr. Yelton, if the “correspondent” is funning with you, it comes from respect. If he nods seriously when you speak, you’re in trouble.
Mondvi very solemnly moved his head up and down when Yelton told him that one of his best friends is black.
What got Yelton in trouble was giving away the not so secret motive behind voter ID requirements.
He said that the new law “is going to kick the Democrats in the butt.”
He also owned up about the one, maybe two instances of voter fraud each election.
Well, he’s gone but unrepentant.
Buncombe County GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell had this to say for damage control:
“Let me make it very clear: Mr. Yelton’s comments do not reflect the belief or feelings of Buncombe Republicans, nor do they mirror any core principle that our party is founded upon. This mentality will not be supported or propagated within our party.”
Hmm. Which statement is more believable?