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OCT
24
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Republican Resigns After Racially Charged 'Daily Show' Interview (Video)

Don Yelton slammed "lazy black people that wants the government to give them everything" in his sit-down with the Comedy Central show.

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Aasif Mandvi, left, and Don Yelton

A North Carolina Republican got more than he bargained for when he sat down with The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi.

Don Yelton, a Republican precinct chairman in North Carolina, resigned Thursday after making racially charged remarks on the Comedy Central show while defending his state's voter ID law.

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Buncombe GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell told WRAL that Yelton stepped down after being asked to resign.  Mitchell said Yelton's remarks were "offensive, uniformed and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party." 

In his Daily Show interview, which aired Wednesday, Yelton slammed "lazy black people that wants the government to give them everything." He went on to admit he'd been accused of being a bigot before, but awkwardly added that one of his best friends was black.

Yelton also said the voter ID law was not meant to hurt African Americans, but rather would wreak havoc on the Democratic party because it would disproportionately affect Democratic voters. Yelton also noted that while Mandvi, who is Indian-American, looks different than he does, he treated the Daily Show correspondent just like anyone else.

"You realize we can hear you?" Mandvi said at one point during the interview.

Watch Yelton's The Daily Show interview below.