On Wednesday, MSNBC host S.E. Cupp dismissed allegations that President Barack Obama’s nominee to serve as the next Secretary of Defense, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), harbored bigoted or discriminatory feelings towards the nation’s racial and sexual minorities. She said that her reservations about Hagel stem from his dovish positions on Iran and his seeming opposition to coercion by force, if necessary, to ensure the Islamic Republic does not develop a nuclear weapon.
“I think a lot of the opposition to Chuck Hagel is for opposition sake,” Cupp began. “I also think there is an attempt here at character assassination by bringing up things like homophobia and anti-Semitism.”
“I gotta be honest: I don’t care if he’s anti-Semitic. I don’t care if he’s homophobic. As vile as those qualities are to me, I want to know about his policies,” Cupp continued. “My objection to Chuck Hagel is not personal – it’s about his positions on Iran.”
Cupp referenced a graphic which listed a number of Hagel’s past positions which imply his amenability to an Iranian nuclear bomb. She noted that Hagel is to the left of even Obama’s on the issue of Iran’s nuclear program.
“I don’t care about his personality and I don’t care about psychologizing him, but I think we do deserve some answers on policy,” she concluded.
Watch the clip below via MSNBC:
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