North Carolina GOP Official Who Called Blacks 'Lazy' In Daily Show Voter ID Interview Resigns

10/24/2013 05:24 pm ET | Updated Oct 25, 2013

WASHINGTON -- A Republican precinct official in North Carolina resigned from his position Thursday, after The Daily Show aired a segment on the state's voter ID law in which he criticized "lazy black people that wants the government to give them everything."

Don Yelton stepped down from his position in the Buncombe County Republican Party, Buncombe GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell told WRAL.

"When I was a young man you didn't call a black a black," Yelton said during the interview. "You called him a negro."

In a press release, the Buncombe GOP -- which has the slogan "Moving forward without forgetting our past" on its website -- called Yelton's comments "offensive, uniformed, and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party."

"Let me make it very clear, Mr. Yelton's comments do not reflect the belief or feelings of Buncombe republicans, nor do they mirror any core principle that our party is founded upon," Mitchell stated. "This mentality will not be supported or propagated within our party."

Yelton "did not seek the approval of any party official before accepting the interview request," officials said.

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