A Wisconsin mayor has caused a firestorm of controversy after calling President Obama a Muslim in a Facebook post.
Superior, Wisconsin Mayor Bruce Hagen has become the subject of scrutiny after someone posted a picture of first lady Michelle Obama to his Facebook wall, WDIO reported.
“Unbelievable! She and her Muslim partner have destroyed the fabric of democracy that was so very hard fought for!” he wrote in response.
The comments caused an immediate backlash and five city councilors are among the chorus of those demanding the mayor retract his statement, according to WDIO.
“Quite simply, these are really inappropriate comments,” councilor Graham Garfield told WDIO on Monday. “How can we have a non-partisan elected mayor who has to work with elected officials, including the president’s office, making these comments?”
“I’m absolutely shocked and dumbfounded that the mayor would say something so callous and untrue about the First Lady,” State Representative Nick Milroy added. “This is not what Superior is about. We’ve always been a community that’s welcoming to all people.”
Fox 21 reported that city counselors Graham Garfield, Warren Bender, Esther Dalbec, Dan Olson and Denise McDonald have demanded the mayor apologize at once or resign as mayor because who cares about the First Amendment?
“As an American he is entitled to exercise freedom of speech but no one is entitled to hold elected office, and so the stupid things that we may say or do reflect on whether or not we should be elected officials,” City Counselor Garfield told Fox 21.
“Do we still have freedom of speech in the country? Sometimes I kind of forget,” Hagen asked Fox 21 rhetorically.
He added that he stands by his statement.
“I have huge respect for the Office of the President, but no respect for the current administration,” he said.
Bow to the president or resign. Sounds more like something you’d hear from Vladimir Putin.
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