Tennessee County Commissioner Calls Pete Buttigieg “A Queer” in Released Video

A video has been released of a county commissioner from Tennessee hatefully referring to gay Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg as “a queer.”

At a meeting regarding an ordinance to make Sevier County of Tennessee a “gun sanctuary” (a symbolic measure that signifies the county opposes all forms of gun control) on Monday (October 21), Sevier County Commissioner Warren Hurst went on a rant about the Democrats running for president, specifically attacking Buttigieg.

“We got a queer running for president, if that ain’t about as ugly as you can get,” Hurst said to laughs and applause from others at the meeting. “Look what we got running for president in the Democratic party. We can go over here to [the Sevier County] jail and get better people out of there than those running [as Democrats] to be president of the United States.”

“I’m not prejudiced,” Hurst continued. “A white male in the country has very few rights and they’re getting [taken] more every day.

Some of the other members of the meeting met his comments with applause and exclamations of “Amen!” One woman left the meeting, calling his comments “not professional.”

“County commissioners need to remember that when they’re elected, they need to represent everyone,” the woman, named Sara Thompson, told WVLT8. “This should serve as a reminder to all county commissioners to have more respect for each other and their constituents.”

When WVLT8 contacted Hurst about his comments, he stood by them. However, his comments received a lot of flack; Sevier County distanced themselves from Hurst’s comments, saying they didn’t reflect the administration’s stances.

After the video went viral, many people from Sevier County and beyond also condemned the county commissioner’s comments.