Warren Hurst Bio, Wiki
Warren Hurst is a Commissioner and politician in Sevier County, Tennessee. He lives in Sevierville, which is an Eastern Tennessee community that is the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
He made headlines after referring to Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg with a homophobic slur during a commission meeting. He has held his county Commissioner seat in the 1st district of Sevierville, Tennessee, for the past 33 years.
Warren Hurst Company
According to postings online, Hurst is the owner of Warren Hurst Construction, a general contracting firm based in Sevierville, Tennessee.
His business page on Porch has been flooded with 1-star reviews from his critics since news broke of his homophobic rant.
Warren Hurst Comments in Meeting
on Tuesday, 22 Oct, The commission meeting was held to discuss a gun rights resolution, but the conversation ran off the rails when Commissioner Warren Hurst launched into an unprompted diatribe.
We got a queer running for president if that is not about as ugly as you can get, Hurst ranted. 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.
Hurst also echoed the words of Donald Trump as he shifted his rant to immigration. We’re letting people come in here. You can hate Trump, or like him, it doesn’t make any difference When he tells you they’re only sending you their thugs, and a few good people might be following, he’s telling the truth. Thugs are running us from these other countries.
Hurst concluded, 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.
The audience, comprised of government officials and county residents, clapped and cheered during Hurst’s tirade and gave him a great round of applause as he finished.
Reaction on Social Media
Warren Hurst’s comments went viral on Monday and Tuesday and caused a universal backlash on social media. Users were upset at his rant and called for him to resign and apologize for his remarks.
GLAAD commented on the issue in a statement, “These statements from Sevier County Commissioner Hurst are completely unacceptable and ridiculous, especially coming from a county official.” They also posted the commissioner’s office phone number and told concerned citizens to call and demand he apologize.
Users on social media also called for the Hurst to resign and apologize for what he said.
NEW: “We got a QUEER running for President… the white man has very few rights.”
Watch @SevierCounty Commissioner Warren Hurst’s homophobic, bigoted outburst Monday, telling folks to “wake up”.
Mayor’s office: 865-453-6136
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) October 22, 2019
Racist and homophobic commissioner Warren Hurst is bad for Sevier County.
— Carla Lewis (@manicsquirrel) October 22, 2019
If you live in @SevierCounty Tennessee please contact your county officials to let them know this is unacceptable and Warren Hurst is unfit to serve, or you know, be a horrible person. Those are pretty much the only options. https://t.co/YSbV6PZkL5
— Derek Helling (@dhellingsports) October 22, 2019