In an interview centered on North Carolina's voter ID law conducted by the Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi, Yelton criticized "lazy black people that wants the government to give them everything."
"The bottom line is the law is not racist," Yelton said.
"Of course the law isn't racist, and you're not racist," Mandvi responded.
"Well," Yelton paused. "I've been called a bigot before. Let me tell you something, you don't look like me but I think I've treated you the same as anybody else. As a matter of fact, one of my best friends is black. One of my best friends.
"When I was a young man you didn't call a black a black," he added later. "You called him a negro."