- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Wisconsin mayor is pushing back against criticism for calling President Obama a Muslim, saying he holds the office of the presidency in high regard but has “no respect for the current administration.”

Superior City Councilors are asking for Mayor Bruce Hagen to apologize or resign for a Facebook comment he made on a photo of first lady Michelle Obama.

“Unbelievable! She and her Muslim partner have destroyed the fabric of Democracy that was so very hard fought for,” he wrote, a local Fox News affiliate reported.

City councilor Graham Garfield said a recall for Mr. Hagen is not out of the question, but it would be left up to the public.

“I’m not saying he’s done anything criminal, but he’s certainly put his leadership capabilities in question,” Mr. Garfield told Fox.

He joins city councilors Warren Bender, Esther Dalbec, Dan Olson and Denise McDonald in calling on the mayor to apologize or step down.

Mr. Hagen said he was only exercising his First Amendment rights.

“Do we still have freedom of speech in the country? Sometimes I kind of forget,” he told Fox.

Mr. Hagen said he doesn’t know if he regrets writing the comment, but he stands by what he wrote.

“I have huge respect for the office of the president, but no respect for the current administration,” he said.

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