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.”