John McCain has rejected John Hagee’s endorsement for President. Associating with John Hagee is tantamount to swallowing political poison.
The news article from Fox News below explains further.
John McCain has rejected the support of controversial pastor John Hagee, nearly three months after Hagee first offered his backing to the Republican presidential candidate.
At the same time, Hagee withdrew his endorsement, saying he did not want to become a distraction.
McCain has gradually repudiated certain statements from Hagee — including several perceived as anti-Catholic or anti-gay — but moved to reject his endorsement entirely after old comments he made about the Nazis were published in a left-leaning blog.
“Obviously, I find these remarks and others deeply offensive and indefensible, and I repudiate them,” McCain said in a statement Thursday. “I did not know of them before Reverend Hagee’s endorsement, and I feel I must reject his endorsement as well.” Read more.
Since offering McCain his endorsement, much of Hagee’s teachings have come to light where he has made controversial statements that he is now scrambling to explain and defend. For example:
But the Huffington Post reported Wednesday that Hagee said in a late 1990s sermon that Adolph Hitler was sent to persecute the Jews on God’s behalf, as a way to expedite the re-establishment of the Jewish state of Israel. That prompted McCain’s statement Thursday. Source.
Hagee is having a hard time defending positions such as this. The national media, which more than likely wasn’t very familiar with his views, are now dissecting his past sermons and raking him over the coals. But, these things are nothing new to the watchmen on the wall who have been speaking out about Hagee for years.
For those who weren’t familiar with Hagee’s views before, it looks like he has now started to lose what credibility they had thought he had.