The Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi had an interview with a North Carolina Republican party official Don Yelton about why the state was passing new restrictive voting laws. He couldn’t seem to believe his ears at what the man was saying.
(This clip aired on October 23, 2013. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post.)
It does not surprise me that there are people who want to rig the rules so that minorities and anyone else who might vote for the opposing party are kept out. What surprises me is that they are too dense to realize that they should keep these views to themselves. This suggests that they live in a community where such views are not shocking and can speak openly of them.
His comments were apparently too much for even the party to stomach and the man subsequently resigned his post. He now says that his comments were ‘taken out of context’ (that all-purpose excuse) by the TV show and that although he was forced to resign by the party, it was because they are ‘gutless’ and that he doesn’t want to be part of such a wimpy group anyway.