Bible Belt Bigot: Tennessee County Commissioner Warren Hurst attacked Democrats in a racist, homophobic rant delivered at a county commission meeting Monday evening in Sevier County, Tennessee.
A Tennessee county commissioner made polarizing comments during a Monday meeting, which led to some being outraged while others applauded his comments.
At the meeting, Commissioner Hurst complained that the Democrats had “a queer running for president,” referring to presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg.
Hurst also lamented the fact that “a white male in this country has very few rights.”
It’s time we wake up people, it’s time, it’s past time. We got a queer running for president if that ain’t about as ugly as you can get. Look what we got running for president in the Democratic Party. We can go over here to Hoss’s jail [Sevier County Sheriff] and get better people out of there than those running for Democratic to be President of the United States.
I’m not prejudiced. A white male in this country has very few rights and they’re getting took more every day.
NEW: “We got a QUEER running for President… the white man has very few rights.”
Watch @SevierCounty Commissioner Warren Hurst’s homophobic, bigoted outburst Monday, telling folks to “wake up”.
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— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) October 22, 2019
In response to Hurst’s deplorable remarks, one angry woman walked out, declaring:
Excuse me, this is not professional. This is bullsh*t.
However, many in the crowd applauded Hurst’s racist, homophobic, hate-filled rant, with some adding an approving, audible, “Amen.”
In an attempt at damage control, Assistant to the Sevier County Mayor, Perrin Anderson, denounced Commissioner Hurst’s homophobic and racist comments. Anderson said:
The statements made by Commissioner Hurst at the Sevier County Commission meeting of October 21, 2019, do not reflect the opinion or position of Sevier County administration. Sevier County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or status in any other group protected by law.
As one might imagine, many are calling for Hurst’s resignation. However, Hurst says that he stands by his comments, and he is entitled to his opinion.
Bottom line: While speaking at a county commission meeting Monday evening, Tennessee County Commissioner Warren Hurst complained that the Democrats had “a queer running for president,” while lamenting the fact that “a white male in this country has very few rights.”