According to CBS Birmingham, Tarrant City Council member John “Tommy” Bryant can be heard asking, “Do we have a house n***er in here? Do we? Do we? Would she please stand up?”

However, Bryant claims that he was only repeating the N-word after Tarrant Mayor Wayman Newton, the city’s first Black mayor, allegedly called someone during a previous meeting. 

“I did what needed to be done. It needed to be brought to light what kind of a person the mayor is,” said Bryant. “I thought that the city ought to know what sort of terminology the mayor uses and I didn’t want him to get away with it so that’s the reason I used that comment,” Bryant added. “We need to stop the racial slurs that the mayor makes. He’s always picking on Veronica Freeman...the mayor bullies her. The city needs to know what kind of mayor and what kind of vocabulary he has.”

Following the clip going viral, Alabama Dems called for Bryant's resignation. “He is racist and unfit to serve,” the statement said. “Alabama still has a long way to go when it comes to race, but cozying up to the KKK and using the N-word should make you unfit to serve,” the statement continued. “These racists belong in the history books with Bull Connor and George Wallace, not on the taxpayer’s payroll.”