TEAublicans are usually so adept at speaking in racial and class codes, that when one of them opts for complete candor, it will almost surprise you.
So it is with North Carolina Republican Executive Committee member Don Yelton, who dispensed with such niceties as hiding behind “fraud” or other voter restriction talking points. As quoted in an interview with yesterday’s The Daily Show, he admitted that the purpose of his state’s new law was to “kick the Democrats in the butt”. But it got really good when he made such dependably racist claims as:
- “One of my best friends is black.”
- “If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks, so be it.”
- “When I was a young man, you didn’t call a black a black, you called him a negra.”
- “If it hurts a bunch of college kids who are too lazy to get off their bohunkus and go get a photo ID, so be it.”
- “If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks who want the government to give them everything, so be it.”
- “I can’t believe we have that many stupid people in North Carolina.”
That last one is rich with the delicious irony we love from Tea people. Still, you have to admire his bluntness, laying bare the real intention of North Carolina’s new voter ID law. If you are going to suppress voter turnout, go after those stupid and lazy young people and blacks, because they vote for whoever has a “D” after their name. You can’t get much lazier than those stereotypes, for those who like tying their Tea Party irony into a neat little bow.
Those choice utterances — and many more — prompted Daily Show reporter Aasif Mandvi to reply,
“You do know that we can hear you, don’t you?”
Yelton’s frankness is appreciated. He saves everyone a lot of trouble muddling through code words and disingenuous talking points. This is the kind of refreshing honesty we want served more often at our Tea Party.
Feast upon the video here: