Don Yelton learned a valuable lesson- take the Daily Show serious. Yelton was a Republican precinct official in North Carolina up until today. On the show, he appeared along with Representative John Lewis. During the segment (below), Yelton criticized “lazy black people that wants the government to give them everything.”
Yelton also said “When I was a young man you didn’t call a black a black. You called him a negro.” And that was among the least problematic stuff that the man said.
The Buncombe GOP called Yelton’s comments “offensive, uninformed, and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party.” They went on to say that “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.”
They also claimed that Yelton “did not seek the approval of any party official before accepting the interview request.”
Whether or not the Buncombe GOP can get away with claiming that Yelton’s outright racism was a problem will have to be seen. The problem is that the GOP has repeatedly had problems with the issue of racism, homophobia and sexism throughout the institution.