NC GOPer Who Called Blacks ‘Lazy’ Uses N-Word To Defend Himself

Don Yelton, the North Carolina GOP official who resigned over the fallout for his racially charged “Daily Show” interview, used the N-word to defend himself in an interview with TheWrap.com Friday. 

“When a n—– can use the word n—– and it not be considered racist, that’s the utmost racism in the world, and it’s hypocrisy,” he said. 

Yelton told a North Carolina radio station Thursday that the “Daily Show” had edited his interview in such a way that his comments were taken out of context. In the interview on voter ID laws, Yelton had criticized “lazy black people that wants the government to give them everything,” and told correspondent Aasif Mandvi that one of his “best friends” is black.

He told TheWrap.com that his local Republican party, which he had called “gutless” for asking him to resign, should have spun his “Daily Show” interview to show the party accepts all points of view.

“They can turn it into a positive if they want to,” Yelton said. “The party does not try to control the speech of individuals. That’s the point they could have made. You have to let people have an opinion.”

 

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