Watch: Tenn. County Commissioner Uses Gay Slur When Referencing Buttigieg

Tuesday October 22, 2019

A commissioner in Sevier County, Tenn. is making headlines this week for controversial comments he made Monday that caused quite a reaction, CBS's Knoxville, Tenn. affiliate station WVLT reports.

Commissioner Warren Hurst spoke about the commission's pending vote on becoming a gun sanctuary city, in which he used a gay slur in reference Pete Buttigieg, the Indiana mayor who is openly gay and running for president.

"We got a queer running for president, if that ain't about as ugly as you can get," Hurst said. "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."

WVLT was at the meeting and reports that one woman stood up during Hurst's rant and yelled, "Excuse me. This is not professional. This is [expletive]." After she left the meeting, Hurst took the time to give his thoughts about where white men stand in the U.S.

The news station also reports that some members of the crowd applauded Hurst.

"I'm not prejudice, a white male in this country has very few rights and they're getting took more every day," he said.

Hurst spoke with WVLT after the speech and he told the new station that his best friends are African American but that he stands by the remarks because he's entitled to his opinions.

Watch WVLT's video of the incident below.

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