The Daily Show has a way of making as much news as it reports on, and Aasif Mandvi’s interview of North Carolina’s Don Yelton appears to have done just that.
The other night, The Daily Show aired a segment in which Mandvi went to Asheville, NC (a major gay and liberal foothold in the South) to interview the Buncombe County Republican Party Precinct Chairman. The subject: the voter suppression laws his state passed the day after the supreme Court allowed it.
During the interview, Yelton accidentally told the absolute truth about the changes to his state’s voting laws when he said this:
“These laws are going to kick Democrats in the butt.”
Amazingly, though, that wasn’t even the most controversial part of the interview. Among other golden nuggets, Yelton spoke volumes of himself and his party with these most excellent soundbites:
- “One of my best friends is black.”
- “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 posted a picture of Obama as a witch doctor on a stump…I was making fun of my white half.”
And, for the grand finale:
- “Now you have a black person using “n*gger this, n*gger that,” and it’s OK for them to do it.”
And, as if that weren’t good enough, Yelton doubled down on the negra card with his response to the video:
- “When a n*gger can use the word n*gger and it not be considered racist, that’s the utmost racism in the world, and it’s hypocrisy.”
As anyone knows about the GOP Racism Club, the first rule is that you don’t talk about The GOP Racism Club. Especially when you’ve just acknowledged that the laws you support are designed to suppress the people disliked by the GOP Racism Club. The result was exactly what you’d expect of GOP Tyler Durden…a beat down, and an expulsion from said club. It began with this statement from the Buncombe GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell:
“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.”
And…you’re FIRED. Well, technically, forced to resign.
That’s right, the GOP gave Yelton his walking papers, and not for the first time. Yelton was forcibly removed from his position in 2012, and weaseled his way back onto the chair because he had two votes from the committee — his, and his wife’s.
There’s the GOP we know and love. And we wonder where the shutdown strategy came from.
Yelton isn’t letting it get him down, though. With all the self-awareness of a fish who’s never heard of water, he said
“I’ll resign my position as precinct chair gladly, I’ll give it up — the heck with it, I don’t want to be part of a group that is that mealy-mouthed and that gutless.”
Watch the video here!