Will The Daily Show With Jon Stewart have a harder time getting those amusing what-were-they-thinking interviews going forward after one such interview cost a guy his job this week, causing an eruption of headlines and reports across the TV-news landscape? In what may be a Daily Show first, North Carolina county precinct GOP chair, and GOP executive committee member, Don Yelton had to resign after giving an interview in a little segment called, “Aasif Mandvi investigates non-racist fallout from the Supreme Court’s destruction of the Voting Rights Act.” Mandvi sat down with Yelton on Wednesday night to discuss efforts to pass new voter-identification requirements into his state — a requirement that many critics argue will subdue voter turnout in the state. “The law is going to kick the Democrats in the butt,” Yelton said. “If it hurts a bunch of college kids too lazy to get up off their bohonkas and go get a photo ID, 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, so be it.” (Watch the interview below.)
Yelton also reminisced about a picture he had of President Obama sitting on a stump, looking like a witch doctor, and posted it on Facebook. “I was making fun of my white half of Obama — not the black half….And now, you have a black person using the term [n-word] this, and [n-word] that, and it’s OK for them to use it,” he added. “You know that we can hear you, right?” Mandvi asked — the best ever follow-up question asked in a news, or fake news, program. Yelton noted he’s been called a bigot before. “As a matter of fact, one of my best friends is black.” The next morning, local GOP reps issued statements to the press announcing the party had asked him to resign, while Yelton stood by his statements in an interview with a local paper.