Some of us in North Carolina were primed for the Tar Heel State to be the butt of jokes pun intended with the release of a new Jackass reality film, Bad Grandpa. The movie, filmed mostly in Charlotte, is about the outrageous things a grandfather does during a road trip from Lincoln, Neb., to Raleigh after his wife dies. The film is crass and Queen City landmarks provide an ignominious backdrop.
But that movie, full of make-believe buffoonery in North Carolina, cant top the real-life antics of some N.C. GOP politicos.
Crass and offensive dont even begin to describe the head-scratching comments a Republican operative from Buncombe County gave in a segment on Comedy Centrals The Daily Show on Thursday.
When Buncombe County GOP executive committee member Don Yelton was deep into calling blacks lazy, revealing he had shared a Facebook portrayal of Barack Obama as a witch doctor, complaining that only blacks are allowed to use the n-word and acknowledging the controversial voting law changes N.C. lawmakers pushed through this year were designed to kick the Democrats in the butt, we wanted to ask the same question Daily Show interviewer Aasif Mandvi did: You know that we can hear you, right?
The Daily Show is a fake news show with fake reporters, and the program mostly aims for laughs though it is seared with liberal political commentary and satire. So it would have been no surprise that Yelton would get in the swing of things and make some outrageous comments for fun though that would be fraught with peril.
But Yelton seemed to be playing it straight, although at times with a smirk. He repeated what most Republicans have said about the new voting laws, especially a voter ID requirement by 2016, that the changes were needed to ensure voting integrity. When Mandvi asked about the law being racist and said, youre not racist, Yelton paused and said, Well, Ive been called a bigot. He added that one of his best friends was black.
He then said the law was fine with him if it hurts a bunch of college kids that are too lazy to get up off their brohunkus and go get a photo ID... [or] if it hurts a bunch of whites. As for blacks, if it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, then so be it, he said.
Yelton later told the Asheville Citizen Times, theres nothing I said that I would take back, though he resigned his county GOP post Thursday as furor mounted.
N.C. GOP officials, on the other hand, had a different view and well they should. In a statement, they quickly disavowed Yeltons comments, saying the North Carolina Republican Party finds the comments... to be completely inappropriate and highly offensive. Said Claude Pope, N.C. GOP chairman: I would like to make it very clear that Mr. Yelton does not speak for either the Buncombe County Republican Party or the North Carolina Republican Party.
The Buncombe County GOP chimed in saying Yeltons words were offensive, uninformed and unacceptable.
We agree. Its also offensive and unacceptable to push through voter suppression laws. They deserve rebuke too.
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