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'Daily Show' comments cost GOP precinct chair his post

Posted October 24, 2013

Asheville Republican Don Yelton on "The Daily Show," 10/24/13.

— A Buncombe County Republican precinct chairman has been asked to resign after making "offensive" comments on "The Daily Show."

Buncombe GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell said Don Yelton officially stepped down from his position Thursday.

In a segment that aired Wednesday night, Yelton blasted "lazy black people that wants the government to give them everything," one of a slew of racially inflammatory comments he made in the interview. 

Mitchell called the remarks "offensive, uniformed and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party." 

"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," Mitchell said in a press release. "This mentality will not be supported or propagated within our party."

According to the release, this isn't the first time Yelton has clashed with local party leadership.

"Yelton was recently reprimanded and removed from his position as a precinct chair in Buncombe County for a period of time in 2012 through 2013 and was then re-elected to precinct chair by two votes (his wife and himself) at the 2013 convention, placing him back on the Buncombe County Executive Committee," said the statement, which also noted that Yelton neither sought nor got approval to speak on behalf of the GOP. 

The state party leadership also issued a statement calling for Yelton's resignation.

Yelton told the Asheville media on Thursday that he stands by his comments.

"I've been laughed at by Democrats since I left the party. They try to make me look like a fool," he told WLOS-TV. "This is being picked up in Raleigh, across the state. They're trying to say, 'Look at this guy. He's racist.' The whole question isn't about racism."

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  • jackflash123 Oct 28, 3:28 p.m.

    "You've GOT to be kidding?! Fox News is the worst excuse for a so-called "legitimate" news organization around."

    Ummm, yes, I know. I was commenting on how Fox bills itself compared to the Daily Show. Neither is straight news. Only one of them pretends to be.

  • tommys5 Oct 28, 11:18 a.m.

    WRAL has been airing this for a week . Still no story on the Republican candidate for Mayor of the states largest city getting the endorsment of the Charlotte Observer.

    http://www.wral.com/liberal-group-lays-out-blueprint-for-attack-on-state-leaders/12136669/

  • racoughter Oct 26, 10:04 p.m.

    "Fox News calls itself news. They may have some shows that admit they are editorial or entertainment more so than news when they're pressed, but it's always "Fox NEWS" in the corner of the screen." ---jackflash123

    You've GOT to be kidding?! Fox News is the worst excuse for a so-called "legitimate" news organization around. I must be right because I'm calling myself a NEWS organization. I'm now officially "Mr. NEWS?" Fox Newsies may have fooled themselves that what they follow is rigorous journalism, but everyone else not wearing right-wing colored glasses knows the sham that it is.

  • SARCASTICLES Oct 25, 10:06 p.m.

    This ain't "democrat hate filled name calling", Mr. Teflon......he IS a bigot and a racist.

    Didja miss the part where the GOP hove him out of the nest for his bigoted, racist comments?

    Face it, masters of deflection.....there ain't NO WAY ya'll can spin your way out of this one.

  • cydonian Oct 25, 9:49 p.m.

    "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..." Besides himself, exactly who is GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell trying to fool by saying stuff like this? How many times do republican politicians have to vote down legislation intended to eliminate inequalities for minorities, women, gays, the poor (i.e., basically anyone who isn't a fat, white, rich, christian republican male) before people see them for what they really are? What they can't do to their wives, they try to do to anyone who doesn't look, think and act just like them. It's the American Way.

  • LovemyPirates Oct 25, 8:42 p.m.

    Comedy Central uses satire to call all political views into question. It isn't a one party comedy show.

  • stymieindurham Oct 25, 7:17 p.m.

    Goodness!!! Such democrat hate filled name calling. Please, act like you ARE enlightened.

  • welfarequeen Oct 25, 6:33 p.m.

    Anyone who sympathizes with the out and open bigotry that this man displayed on National TV needs to be run out of the state along with him. Time for sensible people to take NC back from the backwoods ignoramuses!

  • atheistswillrule Oct 25, 6:31 p.m.

    "Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican and so was Abraham Lincoln.---curiousgeorgia"

    You are AWARE are you not of the total GOP/DEM flip flop in the 60's are you not? When former dixie Democrats went GOP out of resentment for the civil rights legislation?

  • LastSon1981 Oct 25, 5:37 p.m.

    "Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican and so was Abraham Lincoln.---curiousgeorgia"

    Woooowwwww still riding out that lie huh?

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