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Commissioner Warren Hurst at the meeting on Monday. | Screenshot from WVLT

Sevier County Republican County Commissioner Loses It in Racist, Bigoted Rant Caught on Video

A county commission meeting in Sevier County, Tenn., took an ugly turn on Monday when County Commissioner Warren Hurst lost it on video and let loose a racist and bigoted rant.

It began when the main resolution for the evening — a measure to make the county a so-called Second Amendment sanctuary — went up for comment before a vote. That is when Hurst began talking about a variety of topics, quickly leaving the subject of the resolution behind.

“Look what we got running for president in the Democratic Party,” Hurst said, according to CBS affiliate WVLT News, which captured some of his comments on video. “We can go over here to [the county jail] and get better people out of there than those running for Democratic, to be president of the United States. We got a queer running for president, if that ain’t about as ugly as you can get.”

But Hurst did not stop there. He continued, switching the subject of his rant to his perspective of the white man’s plight in the United States.

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“I’m not prejudiced, but by golly, a white male in this country has very few rights, and they’re getting took more every day,” Hurst said in the video. “You’ll hear ’em stand on the stage and say, ‘Oh, I’m for the poor and the Black.’ You never heard one of them say ‘I believe white people have rights, too.’”

Since Hurst’s outburst has hit the national media, other local politicians and the county itself has come forward to say they do not agree with him.

“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,” Servier County tweeted from its official Twitter account.

The county is more than 95% white, according to census data. All 25 commissioners that serve the county are white and all but one are men.

2 Comments

  1. Privilege dies hard. It’s also hard to watch those two guys in front of him, who appear to — largely — agree with his remarks, and to listen to his hateful diatribe being applauded. America, we still have a daunting amount of work ahead of us.

  2. Spoken like a true bigoted, southern, White man with absolutely no moral compass. I know that some White folks feel that they’re losing their voice and becoming invisible. For them, I’d say: take a long, hard look at how non-Whites have been (and continue to be) treated in these United States. Oftentimes, we are powerless, intimidated, threatened for just existing, voiceless and invisible. I think it’s time this guy, Hurst, retire and ride off into the sunset. By the way, did you notice the White woman who left with a look of disgust on her face>

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