Colorado GOP Critical of Trump Muslim Comments…Except for Mike Coffman

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) won't diss the Donald.

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) won’t diss the Donald.

The political world this week is still rotating around Donald Trump’s statements on Monday that the United States should temporarily bar all Muslims from entering the country — even if they are American citizens (though Trump later clarified this part). As the New York Times reports, Trump is standing firm by his comments as Republicans and Democrats alike have strongly condemned his words:

Repudiated across much of the political spectrum but defended on conservative talk radio, Donald J. Trump on Tuesday stood by his call to block all Muslims from entering the United States. He cast it as a temporary move in response to terrorism and invoked President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s authorization of the detention of Japanese, German and Italian immigrants during World War II as precedent.

Critics including both the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan, a Republican, and the Senate minority leader, Harry Reid, a Democrat, assailed Mr. Trump’s proposal as self-defeating and un-American.

“Tell Donald Trump: Hate is not an American value,” Hillary Clinton wrote on Twitter. The “super PAC” supporting Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, unveiled its first ad attacking Mr. Trump, and the White House said Mr. Trump had disqualified himself from serving as president.

Here in Colorado, Shaun Boyd of CBS4 Denver tracked down various elected officials in our state and found near unanimous condemnation of Trump’s comments:

“There’s a legitimate debate over President Obama’s weak and failed policies on dealing with terrorism and the Islamic state, but that debate gets totally derailed when Donald Trump says these highly irresponsible and inflammatory things, like banning all Muslims from entering the United States,” says Dick Wadhams, a veteran republican consultant and the former head of the Colorado Republican Party…

…Republican members of Colorado’s congressional delegation also weighed in with Sen. Cory Gardner calling Trump a “buffoon.”

Rep. Scott Tipton said, “This is not conservatism. It’s not what this country or this party stands for. Those who are calling for our country to ban refugees who practice the Muslim faith couldn’t be more wrong and have no place in the discussion. I will remind them that we are a nation founded on the principle of religious liberty for all, and that is sacred.”…

…And, Rep. Ken Buck said Trump shouldn’t even be running for president.

“Trump’s proposal violates the Constitution, the values of our nation, the Republican Party platform, and my conscience. He should withdraw from the Presidential race. He is a fraud,” said Buck.

Head by Coffman, Hair by Trump

Head by Coffman, Hair by Trump

Colorado is not home to a very large Muslim population, but the majority of them live in Congressional District 6 — the home of Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora). According to CBS4 Denver, Coffman issued his own statement responding to Trump’s comments…sort of:

“As a Marine Corps combat veteran, I know what it takes to protect our country and as a member of Congress, I always have and always will represent all of the citizens of my district, regardless of their religious affiliation, and protect their constitutional rights.” [Pols emphasis]

Mike Coffman was in the Marines and he promises to represent all of the citizens of his district. That’s nice. What Coffman does not say, however, is anything that sounds even close to a repudiation of Trump’s comments. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus both came down hard on Trump. Senator Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) calls Trump “a buffoon”; Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Cortez) says that Trump’s comments are “not what this country or this party stands for”; and Rep. Ken Buck (R-Greeley) flat-out calls Trump a “fraud.”

Coffman? He was in the Marines.

And here’s the worst part for Coffman: He swung and missed twice on this question. Coffman had at least two different opportunities to criticize Trump and to say that his comments don’t represent Republican/Colorado values. Coffman whiffed on the question on Monday, as Marc Stewart of Denver Channel 7 Tweets:

Using a lot of words to say a lot of nothing is a pretty standard approach for Coffman — on any issue — but there’s no reason for him to refuse to condemn Trump unless he just flat-out agrees with the Republican Presidential frontrunner. With so many other Republicans coming out in force against Trump, Coffman has plenty of cover to say whatever he wants. He. Just. Doesn’t.

What makes Coffman’s silence all the more damning are comments he made last week at a luncheon in Washington D.C. when describing his district:

“I have one of the most diverse districts in the United States,” Coffman stated.  “It has a very large Hispanic population of 20 percent.  It has a very large Asian immigrant population and a very large African immigrant population.  I probably have the third largest community of Ethiopians in the United States, not to mention the other African immigrant communities within my district.”

Coffman is very aware of the diversity of his district and the fact that CD-6 is home to perhaps the largest Muslim population in Colorado. We know he knows this; he just doesn’t care.

In the last week, Coffman has also refused to condemn the remarks of State Rep. JoAnn Windholz, whose Commerce City district is within the boundaries of CD-6, even though his hometown paper called for Windholz to resign over her disgusting comments in the wake of the Planned Parenthood terrorist attack. Coffman had plenty of cover here, too, to speak out about Windholz’s statements, and he just skipped right along in silence.

Does Mike Coffman believe that Donald Trump is right in saying that the United States should temporarily bar all Muslims from entering the country? Does Mike Coffman believe that the Planned Parenthood attacks were the fault of Planned Parenthood (which is Windholz’s belief)? We don’t know, because he won’t say.

And it speaks volumes.

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  1. rathmone says:

    To be fair, he's only recently aware of district's diversity:

    Coffman’s Multicultural Discovery: “Wow, Ethiopians!” 

    MIKE COFFMAN: But the, uh, I didn't know there was a large Ethiopian population. 
    WOMAN: And Somali, and Nigerian…
    COFFMAN: And Nigerian and Somali! But the, uh, so it was great to go to an Ethiopian church. I didn't understand any of what they were doing…

     

    • BlueCatBlueCat says:

      I didn't understand any of what they were doing…

      You'd think he'd understand some of what was going on, it being a Christian church and no doubt using some of the familar symbols any Christian would recognize. Guess he just wanted to make sure everyone understood that he sure as heck couldn't be expected to have clue about a bunch of weird African stuff.

  2. BlueCatBlueCat says:

    Using a lot of words to say a lot of nothing is a pretty standard approach for Coffman 

    Gee I thought that was just standard procedure for essay answers about things you barely remember. You know, to get enough partial credit so that including the answers you do know it doesn't drop you down below a B.

  3. FrankUnderwood says:

    It's quite an achievement, Mike, when you've allowed Ken Buck come across as having the more moral and constitutional position than you…………..

  4. notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

    Won't it be a great day when those refugees in CD6 become citizens and help kick his sorry, sanctimonious butt out of that seat?

    • ModeratusModeratus says:

      That's how you intend to save all Democrats, isn't it? Refugees and amnesty?

      • DavieDavie says:

        Well, the GOP took all the racist neo-Fascists.  Your people cheeky

        As a nation of immigrants and refugees, we've done exceptionally well for the last 200+ years.

        Try reading the inscription on the Statue of Liberty sometime.

        • ModeratusModeratus says:

          The point I'm making is that Democrats rely on importing voters because natural born Americans have rejected them.

          • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

            I think the appropriate word is gerrymandering, not rejected

            In 2012, the first congressional election after the last round of gerrymandering, Democratic House candidates won 50.59 percent of the vote — or 1.37 million more votes than Republican candidates — yet secured only 201 seats in Congress, compared to 234 seats for Republicans. The House of Representatives, the “people’s house,” no longer requires the most votes for power.

          • notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

            And Republicans intend to save their party by keeping refugees out? After what Trump said today, I’d keep my mouth shut about refugees if I were a Republican.

          • BlueCatBlueCat says:

            Back up your point with some stats. Do you have any stats to show us that Obama or other Dems who have won seats in congress, become governors, been elected to state legislatures only won because of the votes of naturalized citizens? Are you saying these elected Dems did not did not win a majority of the votes of natural born citizens? Or that they won because of fraudulent voting by noncitizens?  If you can't back up any of those contentions with facts your "point" is pointless crap.

            Maybe when you say natural born citizens you really mean something else.

      • Curmudgeon says:

        Right. Because the only Real Americans vote for Republicans.

        You bigoted little coward. 

        • FrankUnderwood says:

          Again, Moddy posts comments and I'm having a flashback to an early 1970's episode of All in the Family. There's a municipal election in NY, and Archie is explaining to his son in law the idea of a balanced ticket where there was an Italian, a Jew, a Irishman, and "a normal American guy." (Of course, Archie didn't refer to them as Italian, Jewish or Irish but by other appellations.) The "normal American guy", of course, is Moddy's man. 

  5. kwtreemamajama55 says:

    While Coffman plays dodgeball, Morgan Carroll stands with refugees and with people of faith, including Muslims, in CD-6. This is how leaders lead – by example.

    From Carroll's Facebook page:

    Morgan Carroll added 4 new photos.

    December 3 at 9:10pm ·

    Great turn out tonight joining the Interfaith Alliance showing unity and solidarity with the Colorado Muslim Society on Parker Road for unity and peace. The ribbons we tied on the fence were a symbol.

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