Mayor Bruce Hagen of Superior not only called Obama a Muslim, but said he was destroying the country.
“Unbelievable! She and her Muslim partner have destroyed the fabric of Democracy that was so very hard fought for."
Would you describe that as a "poor choice of words?" Someone should ask the mayor how he would rephrase that. Calling his statement below an apology would, in my opinion, be another "poor choice of words." And yet Mayor Hagen thinks we're all as dumb as his in denial bigoted supporters:
"...a poor choice of words in a moment of anger. I apologize to the Muslim community for being insensitive. I had my back up. I'm not a racist. I'm not a bigot. I'm not a religious zealot. I'm a Christian, and I have a strong faith in God. I have so many friends that are of various different religions. The bottom line was I was deeply, deeply in pain and hurt by what was cast back at me for what I believed to be an honest error and mistake."
Why do we accept these vapidly empty Republican take-backs and non-apologies?
After all, it was only last week Mayor Hagen dug his heals in (picture) when residents protested his bigoted statement and outright lie about Obama's religion. He got major nationwide press. Despite being wrong, Mayor Hagen claimed he had a 1st Amendment free speech right to his opinion, completely missing the point. Like all Republicans caught in a lie or bigoted/racist comment, admit no wrong, dig in, and get what mileage you can:
Do we still have freedom of speech in the country? I, like any other citizen or public official, have the unalienable right to speak and represent my beliefs through the First Amendment. To retreat from the very freedoms that are guaranteed in the Constitution and for which many millions of men and women have fought to ensure, would be wrong and the continued attack on free speech.Sometimes I kind of forget. I have huge respect for the office of the president, but no respect for the current administration.”Pretty clear choice of words, right? But the media is pretending his job saving non-apology is somehow okay and sincere. Not this time.