Republican Activist Resigns After Racially-Charged ‘Daily Show’ Comments

Said it's OK if voter ID law hurts 'a bunch of lazy blacks that wants the government to give them everything'

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A North Carolina Republican activist has quit his local party post after backlash from racially-charged remarks he made in an interview that aired Wednesday on The Daily Show.

Don Yelton, the Buncombe County precinct chairman, was discussing the state’s voter ID law when he said if the law hurt college students, whites, or “a bunch of lazy blacks that wants the government to give them everything, so be it.” He also added that the law is “going to kick Democrats in the butt.”

The state party chairman called the comments “completely inappropriate and highly offensive,” the Associated Press reports. GOP officials threatened to take steps to remove him if he didn’t step aside, and Yelton announced his resignation Thursday.

See his initial remarks below.

[AP]

80 comments
seanburns1954
seanburns1954

Aw, poor wiener (appropriate name!), and all the other whites that are whining "victims". Gee, ya can't even call a negra a negra anymore!  

Two points: this ignoramus was very clear about the lie that is "voter fraud"- that it barely exists!-, and the reason the deep South passes these laws- it's to suppress the opposition vote.

Second point: The head republican, the state party chairman called the comments “completely inappropriate and highly offensive,” So what is he, a bleeding heart liberal apologist?

Bubba nation- the more things change, the more they stay the same in grits n' bible land.

WienersPeener
WienersPeener

How lame. This guy is no more a racist than Congressman Lewis or  John Stewart or Aasif Mandi. He didn't say all Blacks are lazy, he said that college students, whites and blacks who can't follow directions to get a free voter ID are lazy. Personally, I think it's obvious that this measure was aimed at voter suppression, but do you counter that with a Michael Moore style hatchet job on a worker bee by trying to paint him as some sort of southern racist? Really unfair--I expect better from Jon Stewart.

zjeah1
zjeah1

God forbid someone speaks his mind even if its not "pc".. You liberals are the posterchildren for hate words, name calling and demonizing anyone that disagrees with anything you spew. How hippocritical can a group possibly be? Name call me now please. Do what you do best. I love it.

SilvanaCarpinito
SilvanaCarpinito

Infuriating.  The scary thing, he is not the only person who feels this way.

LibRStupid
LibRStupid

This guy is forced to quit, but the likes of our Democrat Senators who called Republicans terrorists, KKK and racists if perfectly acceptable evidently.

ChoisHobson
ChoisHobson

I would like to thank Jon Stewart & Aasif Mandvi.  

lurch
lurch

Most people who do not have a state photo ID do not have one because of money. It's not that they don't want one. It's how hard it is to get one. They have to come up with birth certificate, marriage license, social security card, proof of address plus as much as 2 more types of ID's. 

Even if the Government charged no charge for the ID card. They still would have to get to the place (gas, bus), pay for birth certificate ($12 to $20), marriage license ($56.00 in GA), bus or gas to get Social Security card. Take a day off if they are working or pay a babysitter.

Your talking close to $100. That's an electric bill. A poor person doesn't have that luxury of choosing what to pay. They have to pay what will keep their family warm, clothed & fed.

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

I am sorry to see this guy lose his GOP job.  He is clearly an honest person, and GOP disclaimers to his bigoted views are just subterfuge, standard GOP operating procedure.  The big lie.

woodyj3@gmail.com
woodyj3@gmail.com

The true face of the republican party, bigots, obstructionists, hostage takers of the American people,  NC allows gun carriers on playgrounds (we really need gun there for self defense against the children), allow gun carriers in bars and restaurants an other public places and hope the carrier does not get drunk and shoot children in a pubic McDonalds.  This is brought to the citizens of NC by the power mad and extremely unintelligent moronic Republicans in the NC government.  Oh, by the way, how much cash have these republicans personally received  by selling their influence.  Must be a great deal of green cash, you know the kind that can't be traced.  Has anyone checked their personal bank accounts and recent purchases of luxury items???

LeahPetersen
LeahPetersen

Oh, a racist Republican in the South. Never heard that one before...

(Writing very regretfully from North Carolina.)

ApostasyUSA
ApostasyUSA

Ouch!  We need more Republicans to come out like this guy and say what they really feel.  If Republicans were willing to put their fake love for Americans away and just tell us all the truth about how they feel then we could move on from them more quickly. These people who call themselves Republicans are some of the most terrible people in the world.  They are so fake to the core.  They really stand for nothing except consolidating wealth and power into a small faction of corporate bankers and warmongers.

Oh well America, this is your doing.

You asked for this.  You voted in these idiots who don't know a thing about government except that "it's bad".  You liked it when the Supreme Court told corporations that they could have more power than the voter with infinite donations for Republican puppets who care only about deregulating and lowering taxes. You voted for the tea party freaks who promised you that government is the enemy.  You voted for people who don't want the job, but would rather have it over someone who actually cares!!  

It's your fault America.  Land of the stupid and home of the blames.  You let the angriest and out of touch Republicans of our country take hold of the House of Representatives in a failed pusillanimous attempt to take the entire Congress.

You want someone to blame?  Look at you pathetic self in the mirror. Look at yourself while you ponder the rights you took away from gay people just to garner some votes out of the bigots.  Peer into your selfish eyes while you consider all the religious people who think life begins at conception but ends at birth and their anger that was exploited simply to get people who hate government in government.  

Republicans leaders aren't solely to blame; they told you strait to your face that they had sold their souls to the highest bidder.  Republicans voters are to blame too, every last one of you, from the fake "fiscal conservatives" all the way down to the angry people hating "social conservatives".  You are all playing the fool and one day you will all be forgotten.

"Some will be called reds and Communists merely because they believe in economic justice and the brotherhood of man. But we shall overcome." –MLK

Bullsgt
Bullsgt

Don Yelton is clearly a moron and The Daily Show placed him in the perfect place/position to "be himself". Got to love that.


However I do not see what the issue is with a voter ID program. As citizens we should have photo ID's. You can't get a bank account, library card, unemployment or welfare without one. To sign up for a food bank you need ID and proof of where you live.
Yet for something as important as voting our elected officials into an office that can effect every aspect of our lives voter ID isn't mandatory. We have to question why someone would oppose this type of legislation on a national level. 
Please don't use the "big brother" response! An ID is far less intrusive then what we already put up with.

Cabaedium
Cabaedium

@WienersPeener Jon Stewart didn't paint him as a racist at all, the comments were simply made on the Daily Show.

WienersPeener
WienersPeener

@zjeah1 Well I'm a Democrat myself, but I have to agree with you. Liberals, especially, young naive liberals are often some of the nastiest hypocrites around. Hatchet jobs like this really turn my stomach.

jjohn3024
jjohn3024

@lurch who doesn't have a birth certificate and social security card? These are ultra basic personal documents that every responsible citizen should have.

RedmondJennings1
RedmondJennings1

@lurch Yes, it's a poll tax, and its purpose is the same as poll taxes' purposes in America have always been. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

@woodyj3@gmail.com The most racist president I have ever known since I have been alive  is Obama, and I was born when Truman was president. Most dems are for more racist. the black community hates whites and are far more racist the whites are in 2013.

WienersPeener
WienersPeener

@woodyj3@gmail.com Well I live in NC and guess what? Criminals can attempt robbery in a playground or anywhere else. Do we need guns for defense against children? Oh that's really original. If that's the best argument you can come up with it's no wonder Democrats got their clocked clean in this state. As a Dem myself I find this hatchet job on an honest man to be trash media at its worst.

martinnatalex
martinnatalex

@woodyj3@gmail.com Exactly, when Repubs have lower IQ and fail college more often, exactly WHAT is their business that rakes in their 'well deserved' cash and why are people in lower brackets who work read [harder] and longer and why aren't they supposed to succeed?


Repubs don't earn crap in real life... their disillusioned freeloading foes, are themselves.  

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@ApostasyUSA While I'm fine with ripping on Republicans (they're evil), you seem to have no bad words for the other side of the aisle - the Democrats, for whom the word "incompetent" was put into the dictionary.

And while you're lambasting the "land of the stupid and the home of the blames", demanding everyone take a look in the mirror for "fault", you seem to be overlooking the massive hypocrisy in that as you cast blame in all it's darkness without once offering anything constructive.  Pointing out problems (even if they're not problems) is something EVERYONE seems to want to do.

Intelligently addressing them is another matter entirely and like you, few offer any constructive solutions.

Rather than venting your spleen at rightist voters, or bothering to talk to the leftists, how about you push them both out of your radar and instead positively focus on getting centrists elected for a change?  No reason to put down the fringe, after all.  They're having fun putting each other down and getting nothing accomplished.  Why not focus on voting for people who tell you what they'll do instead of warning you about the all the naughty things the "other guys" do?

It's pretty obvious that politicians, and a lot of hysterical voters, don't have the maturity to engage in a positive manner, so to hell with them.  There are more mature voters than there are crybabies and finger pointers and politically based name-callers.  In a democracy, majorities win.  So we can kick the fringe to the curb where they belong, vote in centrists who understand how to negotiate and compromise and get things done for the good of everyone in the country instead of for their own self-glorification and ego trip.

In short, stop whining and do something constructive for a change.

TBolt
TBolt

@ApostasyUSA  I like most of your comments (especially at the beginning); however, your overall bitterness is as much a turnoff as is the GOP strategy.

JimmyDorsemond
JimmyDorsemond

@Bullsgt Yelton isn't just a moron, he's a nazi! he's not damn better than Hitler! he needs to do EXACTLY what Hitler did and soon!

Richard_Parker
Richard_Parker

@Bullsgt If having a ID is the issue, why is a gun license acceptable yet and not a student ID? Why a passport and not a EBT card? 

marshall.staxx
marshall.staxx

@Bullsgt 

Getting a photo ID when you don't already have one is more difficult and time consuming than people like Yelton lead you to believe. In NC the list of accepted documents to prove your identity is limited, lines at the DMV where IDs are issued are long, and the staff at the facilities aren't always the best informed as to what is acceptable ID and what is not. Example: a combination of my U.S. passport, my paycheck stub, and a utility bill with my address were deemed insufficient identification because the passport was a year expired.

But more than that the "Voter ID" bill was about far more than ID. It shortened early voting, it made college photo IDs unacceptable forms of ID (even those issued by state schools), it closed voting precincts that had been located on state college campuses, it ended same-day voter registration - all of which have been traditionally used more by Democratic voters than by Republicans. How do any of those measures protect against voter fraud?

LeahPetersen
LeahPetersen

@Bullsgt Actually, there are plenty of legitimate reasons not to have a current photo ID that meets the requirements. The elderly and students may not drive, the ID they used to open a bank account years ago may have expired. They may not use any public services that require ID. Did you know a student ID issued by a state university doesn't count? Or that your name must match exactly so if you've recently married or divorced or ever had any issues with your name being correct on legal documents (the IRS spelled mine wrong for forever) then you may be told your ID is not acceptable.

And it's not as simple as just going to get one. The places that issue these acceptable IDs, that many people need ONLY to vote, aren't open 24/7 with no waiting.

They claim this law is intended to address the "problem" of in-person voter fraud. Find me ANYONE who can provide you stats that say this EVER happens. A few dozen times an election in the ENTIRE COUNTRY. And most of those turn out to be misunderstandings or mistakes. There is no reason to "fix" it with laws that simply and clearly make it harder to vote.

They also reduced early voting times and many other things in this bill. Perhaps you don't like in NC and so don't know the details of this new law. But, as a resident of NC I assure you, calling it anything but an attempt to make it harder for "those people" to vote is to be ignorant of its contents.

tom.litton
tom.litton

@Bullsgt Which id?  What do you have to provide to get it?  Is there a fee?

What happens if the names don't match (ie, a women gets married and changes their name)?  What happens if their id is from out of the state?  What happens if the address isn't correct?

If you look up the answers, then you will find the law makes it more difficult for democrats to vote then republicans, which means, of course, on average more republicans WILL vote than democrats.  Which is the reason why these laws exist.

WienersPeener
WienersPeener

@Cabaedium @WienersPeener I watched the piece. I know exactly what was said, and how it was edited and how it was commented on by Mandi. Hatchet job for laughs.

AlabamianLiberal
AlabamianLiberal

@WienersPeener @zjeah1 I think we all acknowledge that Berkley-style Armchair Lefties can be extremely naive and name-cally, but I think it's fair to say that (in America) a good deal more of the hypocritical name calling and fear mongering comes from the far right. Ex: which is louder and more popular, Fox News or MSNBC? Speaking as an Alabama raised Democrat who has experience of both California and California-style liberals and Deep South Tea Party Conservatives, I will say the right has the bigger problem.  

Openminded1
Openminded1

@buffalo.barnes102 @LibRStupid bleeding heart liberal moron, your savior obama is a bigger racist the any one ever in the Oval office, i guess the con man. liar, muslim shoes fit him just right..

Openminded1
Openminded1

@jjohn3024 Most illegal aliens , do not have valid SS cards or birth certificates, not to mention half the dead beats living in the hood who can not get a birth certificate because they do not know who their parents are.

BobFromDistrict9
BobFromDistrict9

@Openminded1@woodyj3@gmail.com 

I am a retired white man living in an apartment complex where most of the residents are black, and many are young black men. 

When I meet the young black men in the hallways most of them call me "sir". None of them are a problem.

What is your problem? 

ApostasyUSA
ApostasyUSA

@DeweySayenoff


I find the Democrats as the center.  They are not the "liberals" that they are made out to be by a news media desperate to play the center in order to profit from the electioneering of both major Parties.  I have been voting for D"s because they describe a world of nuance.  I find that the goals of the Democrats in energy policy, healthcare, war policy, civil liberties and social justice are in line with my own.

In our democracy majorities don't win.  If that was the case then the D's would have more control. Our democracy is entangled in electoral college misfortunes and gerrymandered districts.  The ability of the all mighty dollar to skew the electorate (the therefor policy) into tightly held corporate funded districts is the bane of our democracy.  

You are right, that my post is mostly venting and whining, but sometimes I feel the only way to get a racist to go away is to shout them down.  I don't feel like there is anything I can do about money in politics, but I can try and do what the Republicans have been trying to do with "liberals" for the last two decades; try and break their hearts.

Mark Twain wrote, “Hain't we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain't that a big enough majority in any town?” 

Unfortunately for Americans the fools can be a majority, but if know one ever calls them out for being so then one shouldn't expect the fools to change.

ApostasyUSA
ApostasyUSA

@TBolt

I have good days and bad ones too. I am inspired by our potential and disheartened by the lack of progress.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@LeahPetersen @Bullsgt Bleeding heart moron. so let illegals vote, let felons vote, let prisoners vote  and let nut cases vote, no wonder Obama one twice.

fredlb
fredlb

@LeahPetersen @Bullsgt  There can't be any stats because no one is required to show if they are a citizen or not.  It's all about non-citizens.  At least that is what I believe, and what every conservative I know believes, that includes my mother.  Go ahead, call my mother a liar and a racist.

blackfeatherpottery
blackfeatherpottery

@LeahPetersen @Bullsgt SPot on. The "Problem" is not actually there - only the fear of it. Playing into our fears is a common thread among those who purport to provide security from it with a hidden agenda of course! Why go after a "problem" that when measured is so minuscule - did they run out of things to be concerned about? Past performance tells us that this is indeed a strategy employed for exactly one purpose - to gain an advantage for the R's, who would otherwise lose. Scratching and clawing to win seems their only pathetic hope of survival, but when you have few morals why not?

fredlb
fredlb

@tom.litton @Bullsgt I want voter I.D.s for one reason only, and that reason is to prevent illegal aliens from voting.  I want citizenship to have value.

Bullsgt
Bullsgt

@tom.litton @Bullsgt I agree! This is a national issue and a single set of rules for all states should apply.

ID's should be provide free or at a nominal fee. The rest is logistics and should be simple to accommodate.

Proof of who you are is as simple as a birth certificate, citizen certification, social security #, marriage license and proof of residency. 

RedmondJennings1
RedmondJennings1

@WienersPeener So you think they should have protected the Republican precinct chairman from himself by censoring his own words? Because to let him speak his piece and express his and his party's position was to slander him? All Mandvi did was let him keep talking, which was more than enough to damn him. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

@buffalo.barnes102 @Openminded1 Lived in Hawaii for a few years, had to leave to much ignorance there. The locals are very stupid and backward, pretty place, dumb population hard to handle ok to visit.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@BobFromDistrict9 @Openminded1 @jjohn3024 Really I do not think so, you jump to conclusions white man. I am black  and i just say it like it really is no PC crap. I have lived in the hood growing  and spent 30 years as a cop in a major city I am aware of reality. 

AlabamianLiberal
AlabamianLiberal

@WienersPeener @ApostasyUSA@DeweySayenoffMany people do see themselves as centrists, Democrats included, that is however not necessarily a good thing. What passes in America for a "Liberal" is much closer to the center than the left. In America, moderate is Liberal, Conservative is Moderate, and Radical Right is conservative. That is why a man who was nominated as the Conservative candidate for president is able to call emergency rooms "Socialism" and get applause. That is why the number one news channel in America is Fox News, and why Obamacare, a system based on a private insurance market, passes for both universal healthcare and communism, and was such an explosive issue it caused a republican Senate Leader to compare it to Naziism and caused the government to shut down.

WienersPeener
WienersPeener

@ApostasyUSA @DeweySayenoff It's a fact--every one sees themselves as a centrist. This man is no racist, to try and cast him as such requires twisting what he actually said. Did he say Blacks are lazy? No? Well quick, take his words and twist them up so you can get up on your soap box and preach. Blecccchhhh!

fredlb
fredlb

@LeahPetersen @fredlb @Bullsgt As I said, we have no way to know how many non-citizens are voting.  However, I believe that it is reasonable to believe that non-citizens elected Harry Reid in his last run for the Senate.

Those stats have nothing to do with non-citizens voting.  Bot then, liberals obviously don't care.  You people don't believe in borders, national sovereignty, or the nation-state, for that matter.

LeahPetersen
LeahPetersen

@fredlb @LeahPetersen @BullsgtIt's not calling someone a liar to say their opinion is divorced from the facts. Clearly someone has been lying to YOU and your mother and all the conservatives you know. Undocumented immigrants aren't trying to vote. That's simply not happening. Nor is in-person voter fraud. It's just not. This law is justified as a "fix" to a problem that doesn't exist. That's not what it is.

Here are some of the stats you say don't exist: http://www.politifact.com/georgia/statements/2012/sep/19/naacp/-person-voter-fraud-very-rare-phenomenon/

mrpomojr
mrpomojr

@Bullsgt @tom.litton Some years ago New Jersey changed its law to require persons to submit "sufficient" proof of their identity to obtains a photo driver's license. A person had to present a number of documents attesting to their identity. A birth certificate alone was not sufficient. A passport alone was not sufficient. People had often to go to the municipality where they were born to obtain and pay for birth certificates. All documentation had to be presented in person. Of course, during the transition there were long waits at motor vehicle services offices to obtain the actual license as each document had to be submitted and pre-approved..  People put up with the process because one needs a driver's license to function in most of the civilized areas of this country.. Do you really expect person of limited means, transportation or time (most people cannot just take time from or miss work) to be able to do everything necessary to vote? 

I got an actual story for you. My 80 year old Aunt has never used the first name recorded on her birth certificate.  For 60 years she had a NJ driver's license under a name she chose for herself. This was perfectly legal.  However, because of the new law she could not  renew her driver's license in the name that she had used for decades not only for her driving license but also for every other purpose. In order to keep all her other documents consistent with her driver's license she had to file an action in Court to legally change her name. Cost to do so in NJ would be $500 to $1,000, depending whether  one hires an attorney or not to do the work.

Will you be willing to pay these costs for the thousands if not hundreds of thousands of  little old ladies and gentlemen that will face a similar problem in registering to vote?


LeahPetersen
LeahPetersen

@Bullsgt @tom.litton The 24th Amendment to the Constitution requires voter ID to be free, otherwise it amounts to a poll tax. Which I'm sure this NC General Assembly would have put in place too if they could have.

tom.litton
tom.litton

@Bullsgt @tom.litton There are 2 reasons why you wouldn't do that:

1.  It tries to solve a problem that doesn't exist.  The current system more or less works.  Why go through the time and energy to change it?

2.  The constitution explicitly gives the states the right to decide how to vote (I believe, someone correct me if i'm wrong).