Seven Things Mike Coffman Wishes Nobody Ever Heard Him Say

Rep. Mike Coffman’s had a funny record of saying some things that he probably wishes no one had ever heard! From disparaging Latino voters to Muslim soldiers, the full list of Coffman’s Trumpsterisms goes on and on. We narrowed it down to our top seven:

7. His declaration that Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme:

“But I have to admit to you philosophically I am closer to Perry. Obviously, I hope he gets better on the debate stuff. I think he did good. I think he did better on Social Security. I think obviously it is a Ponzi scheme, but he has to say he is going to fix it. And he did that in the last debate where he didn’t do that in the first debate. Now I think that was positive.” (KNUS Radio, September 2011)

6. That time he said we should discriminate against Muslim Americans in the US Military:

“We need that same mentality today, to have that active counter-intelligence effort, to make sure that our ranks are not infiltrated by those sympathetic to radical Islam … I think that is very important.” (KOA Radio, December 2011)

5. When he condemned the DREAM Act:

The Dream Act will be a nightmare for the American people. No doubt, we need immigration reform, but the Dream Act is written far too broadly and it will only encourage more illegal immigration, promote chain migration, and will be a magnet for fraud.” (Official Statement, December 2010, since removed)

4. The time he ignored Voting Rights for non-English Speaking US Citizens, calling for English Only Ballots:

“Since proficiency in English is already a requirement for U.S. citizenship, forcing cash-strapped local governments to provide ballots in a language other than English makes no sense at all.” (Denver Post, August 2011)

***Bonus Points***

“One thing they ought to do is pull out a dictionary.” (Univision News, August 2011)

3. Coffman outing himself as a birther, when he wrapped up a 12-minute speech to donors with an unprompted discussion of President Obama’s citizenship and national identification:

“I don’t know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don’t know that. But I do know this, that in his heart, he’s not an American. He’s just not an American.” (Elbert County Fundraiser, May 2012)

2. His pride in being obstructionist in Congress:

I am proud to be a member of the Party of No.” (4 times in just under a minute) (Denver Tea Party rally, March 2010)

1. That time Coffman’s spokeswoman asserted that he’d support the Republican nominee no matter what:

“Will Mike Coffman support the Republican nominee over Bernie or Hillary? The answer is obviously yes.” (Colorado Statesman, February 2016)

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