A mayor in Superior is facing calls to resign after making a contentious statement on social media about President Barrack Obama. Superior mayor Bruce Hagen called Mister Obama a Muslim who is destroying American democracy. Some in the community are outraged, while others say he has a right to his own opinion. Reanna Magnate has more.
Despite many calls for his resignation, Mayor Hagen is very clear he will not resign. But he will not seek public office again after his term ends in 2019. This statement comes after Hagen commented on a photo of first lady Michelle Obama. Saying, “Unbelievable! She and her Muslim partner have destroyed the fabric of democracy that was so very hard fought for. “ In light of the comments, several groups are calling for a retraction, an apology, and a resignation.
“The main action we are considering right now is an economic boycott of any and all activities and events that are sponsored by the mayor and his office.“ Activists with Superior African heritage community are holding a press conference Monday that they say could lead to a protest and shutdown of traffic and business to city hall. Something police say this is prohibited and could lead to arrests.
“At this point, in civil disobedience that is always a possibility when you are protesting against a perceived injustice.” Meanwhile. Hagen says he was exercising his freedom of speech. And some in the community side with the mayor. “Well, I think the mayor has a right to his own opinion and I think they’re making way too big of a fuss over his comment. Maybe he shouldn’t have said it on the Facebook, whatever, but he still as a right to his opinion.” “He takes care of the people here. And, uh he’s right. I think people are blowing this way out of proportion.“ While others disagree. “Somebody that’s supposed to be trying to work across party lines like that, shouldn’t say such stupid, bigoted things.” “I’m ashamed. I’m ashamed of what he said. I’m ashamed that it came from a leader of our community, and I’m very disheartened.”
Mayor Hagen still stands by his comment. He says his respect for the office of president is “unwavering,” but he disagrees with President Obama.