NC GOPer Who Resigned Over Racist Remark Says Party Is ‘Gutless’ (AUDIO)

The North Carolina GOP official who was asked to resign Thursday over a racially charged comment he made in a “Daily Show” interview doesn’t regret the remark — rather, he thinks the Republican Party has “no guts.”

Don Yelton was asked to resign his post as a Republican precinct chairman after criticizing “lazy black people that wants the government to give them everything” in a Wednesday interview about North Carolina’s voter ID law with “Daily Show” correspondent Aasif Mandvi. 

Appearing on Asheville radio station WWNC Thursday, Yelton accused the show of taking his comment out of context with a cut-and-paste editing job.

“They created an illusion that I was just personally had an agenda against the blacks, tried to make it talking about racism rather than the real issue of illegal voting,” Yelton told host Pete Kaliner, dodging the question of whether or not his interview advanced his case for voter ID laws.

Asked if the comment was worth making, Yelton said yes, because it made him realize the Republican party has “no guts.”

“I’ll resign my position as precinct chair gladly, I’ll give it up — the heck with it, I don’t want to be part of a group that is that mealy-mouthed and that gutless,” he later added.

Listen below, courtesy of WWNC:

[h/t Salon]

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