The remarks were made during an interview with Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi, during which Mandvi and Yelton discussed efforts to pass new voter identification requirements into in North Carolina, a requirement that many critics argue will subdue voter turnout in the state.
“The law is going to kick the Democrats in the butt,” Yelton said. “If it hurts a bunch of college kids [that are] too lazy to get up off their bohonkas and go get a photo ID, so be it. If it hurts a bunch of whites, so be it.”
Yelton also made a series of racially incendiary remarks to Mandvi as they discussed the law.
“If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it,” Yelton added.
Following his controversial interview, the Buncombe county GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell vehemently distanced the party from Yelton’s comments.
Yelton stood by his comments on Thursday.
“The comments that were made, that I said, I stand behind them. I believe them,” he told Mountain Xpress, a local alternative paper.
“I’ve been called a bigot before,” Yelton said. “as a matter of fact, one of my best friends is black.”
During the Daily Show interview, Yelton rejected claims that he is racist.