Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini released the following statement regarding the hateful comments by Sevier County Commissioner Warren Hurst:

“The ugliness of bigotry and divisiveness was on full display in Sevier County last night. As a Tennessean, it was painful to watch elected community leader Commissioner Warren Hurst use his platform to broadcast and sow hate.
If you are an elected official in Tennessee you owe it to your community and your constituents to embrace and work for every Tennessean, without exception. Everyone in Sevier County should know their leaders have their back and are working to provide them with every opportunity to have a better life for themselves and their families. If Commissioner Hurst is not willing to do that, he should resign.”