Trump’s New Hampshire Victory Forces Hard Questions on Coffman, Colorado Republicans

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
CONTACT: Alan Franklin, Political Director at

DENVER: In the wake of GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s resounding victory in the New Hampshire primary, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, renewed its call for Colorado Republicans to take a stand one way or the other on Trump’s divisive campaign.

“The man who won the New Hampshire Republican primary tonight has called for barring entry to the United States based on one’s religion, a fundamentally un-American idea,” said ProgressNow Colorado political director Alan Franklin. “Donald Trump has disparaged women, Hispanics, veterans, and anyone else who doesn’t genuflect to his cult of personality. Calling Trump out should be an easy decision, yet Republicans like Mike Coffman have refused to do so–and have even left unsaid whether they would support him if he wins the Republican nomination.”

In December, Rep. Mike Coffman was asked by Roll Call if he would support Trump as the GOP presidential nominee. Coffman reportedly evaded the question, saying “I’m not going to go there,” then told the reporter while fleeing to an elevator that Trump is “not going to be the nominee.” [Roll Call, 12/10/15]

“As of today, Mike Coffman can no longer hide behind the assumption that Donald Trump can’t win,” said Franklin. “It’s time for Mike Coffman and every Republican in Colorado to state publicly that they will not support Donald Trump as their party’s nominee for president.”

“Or,” said Franklin, “they need to tell the public that they will support Trump. Either way, staying silent about the most divisive demagogue in modern American politics is a luxury that our nation cannot afford any longer. Donald Trump is now a subject that can’t be changed.”