Congressman Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) has been given plenty of opportunities to distance himself from the dangerous rhetoric of Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. As the National Journal reports, Coffman is now 0-for-3 on Trump questions:
A National Journal survey of eight members from racially diverse and Democratic-leaning districts—including one Senate candidate—resulted in just a trio of House freshmen who took clear stances on the presidential candidate, whose polarizing rhetoric has simultaneously bolstered his own standing in the polls and endangered certain down-ballot Republicans…
…After Trump’s anti-Muslim proposal, Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado released a statement saying he aims to “represent all of the citizens of my district,” but didn’t specifically address Trump. His office declined an interview request, and when reached at the Capitol, Coffman said, “Call my office,” before ducking into the House chamber. [Pols emphasis]
Wow. Coffman isn’t just declining to comment on Trump — he’s running from the question like he’s late to a push-up contest. Why is Coffman so
terrified reluctant to criticize Donald Trump? As we noted a few weeks ago:
So what the hell is going on? Honestly, we’re not completely sure. It may be that Coffman is looking at polling numbers that say he cannot go against Trump publicly for fear of losing votes he must retain to keep his seat. It may be that Coffman authentically likes Trump, or something that he has said–though you’re not going to hear that publicly. Given Coffman’s silence on the matter, it may be that Coffman actually agrees with Trump.
This has gone on for too long now. Coffman is taking such pains to avoid Trump questions that it’s fair to assume that he might just be part of the “The Silent Majority” backing His Hairness.
Remember, folks, that there is a long list of elected officials in Congress who have not hesitated to criticize Trump for his over-the-top rhetoric. Coffman has plenty of political cover to speak out against comments such as Trump’s suggestion to bar all Muslims from entering the United States…he just won’t do it.