Mayor Bruce Hagen Apologizes for Controversial Comments

Taylor Holt
Updated: 01/01/2016 10:10 PM
Created: 01/01/2016 9:20 AM

Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen has issued an apology for his controversial Facebook comment about President Barack Obama. 

In a letter to the Superior Telegram, Hagen addressed his previous comment that President Obama is a Muslim who has "destroyed the fabric of democracy."

In the letter addressed to the "citizens of Superior and the Muslim community," he said, "My reference to the President being a Muslim was indeed a poor choice of words in a moment of anger."

He also apologized to the Muslim community for being insensitive. "I have zero ill will, disrespect or animosity toward the Muslim religion," he wrote. 

However, Hagen continues to stand by his dislike for the president's policies.

"My comment was intended to shed light on the resistance of President Obama, and lack of leadership qualities to stand up for America against the world's enemies," he wrote.

In the letter, he says he is a strong, God-loving Christian who adheres to the teachings of Christianity in accepting and encouraging faith and all respective beliefs.

Moving forward, he pledged to be mindful and respectful of all citizens. "I have shown my dedication to our town for 16-plus years I have served as Mayor. I will continue to do so," he wrote.