Sevier County
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.

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