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Official's homophobic slur ignites explosive reaction against Tennessee tourism hot spot

Tyler Whetstone and Travis Dorman, Knoxville News Sentinel • Oct 22, 2019 at 8:02 PM

SEVIERVILLE — Sevier County officials moved swiftly Tuesday to distance themselves from a county commissioner who used a homophobic slur to describe presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.

Commissioner Warren Hurst, who's held his seat for 33 years, made the remark during an unprompted rant ahead of a vote on a gun measure at Monday night's commission meeting. He railed against the national Democratic Party and said better presidential candidates could be found in the local jail.

Hurst, a toothpick in his mouth, went on to say, "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."

At least one woman stormed out of the meeting, but many in the crowd applauded Hurst, and some said, "Amen."  More from the Knoxville News Sentinel.

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