Buncombe County GOPer stands by controversial “Daily Show” comments, loses position with county party

UPDATE: The Buncombe County GOP moves to rid itself of Yelton. See below

The Buncombe County conservative activist who told one of the “The Daily Show”‘s fake new reporters that North Carolina’s voter identification and election law changes were primarily designed to hurt Democrats (and not prevent voter fraud) said he’s happy with the comedy show’s segment.

“The comments that were made, that I said, I stand behind them,” Don Yelton told the Mountain Xpress today, an alternative weekly newspaper in Asheville.

He also told the weekly that it could have been worse – other things he said in the course of the interview were apparently more shocking.

For those who haven’t seen the Daily Show segment, which aired Wednesday night, Yelton  was interviewed by the Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi about North Carolina’s voter ID/suppression law when Yelton let loose a string of thoughts on race and politics.

“The law is going to kick the Democrats in the butt,” Yelton said. “If it hurts a bunch of college kids that are too lazy to get up off their bohonkas and go get a photo ID, then so be it. If it hurts a bunch of whites, so be it. If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, then so be it,”

The Mountain XPress story also points out that Yelton is not a member of the state GOP executive team, but is a Buncombe County Republican precinct chair.

Update: The Buncombe County GOP, via their Facebook page, disavowed Yelton’s comments and said Thursday that they were asking Yelton to resign from his position as a precinct chair. WRAL reported here that Yelton stepped down this afternoon.

“On behalf of the Buncombe County Republican Party we would like to express our sincerest regrets and disappointment in the comments made by Don Yelton on the Wednesday edition of Jon Stewarts “The Daily Show”,” the press release read. “Mr. Yelton’s comments are offensive, uniformed [sic], and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party. In no way are his comments representative of the local or state Republican Party.”

Click here to read the entire press release.

You can watch the Daily Show segment by clicking here.


  1. david esmay

    October 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    “I would would just like to reiterate that one, I’m stupid, two, I’m ignorant, three, I’m a racist and four I’m a real American representing the Republican party’s ideals.” Don Yelton

  2. George Peterson

    October 24, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    His comments are “uniformed?” Jon Stewarts? Great press release there, guys. Good job.

  3. Jack

    October 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    The Republicans can’t handle the truth, that the Voter ID law will hurt people who vote Democrat, so they fire Yelton. Remember when Addison Graves “Joe” Wilson, Sr. called President Obama a liar on national television without significant ramifications? Republicans have made it clear what can be said and what can’t be said in front of company.

  4. Alan

    October 24, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I beg to differ, Yeltons comments are very representative of the current Republican Party. Sorry GOP, but your party has been hijacked by a bunch of extremist knuckle-draggers.

  5. Skeptic

    October 24, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Yellon is the kind of Republican I respect–an honest one.

  6. wncgirl

    October 25, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    These racist GOP clowns are really beginning to drag our state down….

  7. Calilasseia

    October 26, 2013 at 6:03 am

    If the Republican Party cannot win fair elections in which everyone votes, then they don’t belong in office plain and simple. If they have to resort to rigging elections, then they belong in prison.. Let’s call this what it is – it’s ,b.political corruption and fraud, plain and simple. This sort of vote rigging would have made Leonid Brezhnev blanch, let alone anyone who retains a respect for proper democratic politics.

    Why these criminals, and let’s call them what they are when they try to corrupt the proper democratic process – they’re criminals – aren’t facing long jail terms, is a mystery to those like myself, watching this from outside the USA. Quite simply, the administration of the electoral machinery should be outside the hands of the politicians full stop, the way it is in most properly constituted democracies, and in the hands of a properly constituted non-partisan body, whose staff members are told straight, “leave your party politics on the doorstep before commencing work”.

    These “voter suppression” bills are an egregious violation of the 15th, 17th, 19th, 24th & 26th amendments (yes, I parsed the full text thereof to make sure). They’re so egregious as to constitute criminal activity. I urge everyone who maintains not only a respect for the democratic process, but regards the protection thereof as a civic duty, to call for charges to be brought against these people.

  8. Joan Hamilton

    October 27, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Well, this one is going on my facebook page! Thank you!

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