Saturday, December 16, 2017
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North Carolina GOP Official Admits New State Voting Laws are Designed to Suppress Democratic and Black Voting

When the Daily Show went to North Carolina to look at the effects of new voting laws, they interviewed Don Yelton – and his candid admissions are breathtaking and depressing. Yelton is on the North Carolina Republican Party Executive Committee and vigorously defended the new voting laws – with racist ramblings mixed in for good measure.

When Daily Show comedian/reporter Aasif Mandvi asked him about the effects of the new laws, Mr. Yelton was forthcoming with the lack of a need for the restrictions.

“Right here in Buncombe County there’s always one of two that voted twice a year,” Yelton says. “That’s one or two out of sixty thousand” voters, he admitted.

When Mandvi pressed Yelton about the real reason for the suppressive changes to voting in the state, the GOP leader came clean.

“The law is going to kick the Democrats in the butt,”Yelton admitted.

And who is going to be affected by the law? Yelton, who had already admitted to being considered a bigot, was forthcoming with examples.

“If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks who want the government to give them everything, so be it.”

Don Yelton’s open admissions are both disturbing and telling.


Yelton was asked to resign Thursday. Buncombe GOP Chair Henry Mitchell said Don Yelton resigned for making remarks that were “offensive, uniformed and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party.”

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Jack is a North Dakota political blogger who also writes for He is a military veteran and a Christian Democratic Socialist.

  • Darius Dpas Deepazz Smith

    You’re surprised? C’mon!

    • Don McMahan

      well yeah!…..that he admitted it

    • RedStateDems

      I agree with Don – Having lived in the south, it doesn’t surprise me at all that he feels this way. That he believes the Tea Party has pulled the national discourse low enough that he’s safe to say it on camera is what surprised me. Normally these kind of comments are reserved for barroom discussions and whites-only golf courses.

      • Trista

        “That he believes the Tea Party has pulled the national discourse low enough that he’s safe to say it on camera is what surprised me.”

        This. So much this.

  • GandLRocks

    I didn’t need to hear this wad of waste to admit the real reasoning for the law, or the not-so-veiled racism and injustice to know the reason why they pushed for these laws. But it’s good to see him admit to all of it on a public forum, and note how wistfully blind he is to his own self absorbed bigotry. This will not stand!

  • llancas

    Where is DOJ??

    • IceStormer

      They can’t afford to investigate. Their budget was cut by the House and Senate in the Sequester.

  • Efishant

    Wow, I really wanna punch that guy in the face!

  • Republicans_are_Evil

    Time for the federal government to step in and undo the GOP’s treachery. Right wingers cannot be trusted to make laws.

  • BigEz703

    Favorite part of this interview was “You know we can hear you, right? Oh just wanted to make sure you knew we could hear you.” HA!

  • George Gallop

    Now tell me….is the Voting Rights Act really really obsolete….didn’t think so!

  • Tom Sapp

    the federal government needs to step in. this is treasonous, and a slap in the face to all people who lost there lives on our shores in the civil rights movement, and in our foreign wars., so that people have the freedom to vote. what they are doing is as bad if not worse than what goes in in a country with a dictatorship.. patriotic, and freedom loving is not something i would apply to these evil disgusting people….i guess if you can’t win an election, you gotta steal it

  • Independence

    Any law, rule, or practice that prevents more legitimate votes from being cast than the number of illegitimate votes that it prevents violates not just the Fourteenth Amendment but the very concept of a democratic election. Don Yelton has made explicit what what was obvious but perhaps only implicit before now: that these laws have not just the consequence but also the intention of violating the relatively narrow limits of the Fifteenth Amendment as well. Or maybe he and his ilk think it’s not yet 1808. (See, for instance, the beginning of Article 1, Section 9.)

  • magdelinarose

    The only compition for Foxx news often does News 100 degrees better Jason inside Iran when all the reporters were kicked out!

  • magdelinarose

    If You Have children and you are a republican, Yo may be commiting child abuse!
    Good news in Mexico youcan be free to each your children jesus road around on
    a stegasaurus! and Ronnie Reagn never ever raised taxes!
    And Lincoln won the presidency twice as a republican!

  • thomasbone63

    It did not take a rocket scientist to understand the motives of the Republicans in the mostly red states was out to suppress the Black vote.

  • Bwin51

    Voting makes you gay! Hahaha

  • IceStormer

    His only crime was getting caught.