As Republicans consider pulling an intervention on presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign and are timidly voicing concerns about him, one party member has stood up and made it clear that Trump is not his guy.
GOP Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado has begun a television campaign by releasing a commercial that resonates with strong words for Trump. The 61-year-old Army and Marine Iraq veteran looks squarely in the camera during the commercial and says, “People ask me, ‘What do you think about Trump?’ Honestly, I don’t care for him much.”
That may not seem forceful; however, it is the strongest questioning so far from Congress. Politico reports that many Republicans are “…grappling with whether to take further measures to repudiate their presidential nominee after a string of controversies including an attack on a Gold Star family and his refusal to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan in his primary.” Despite this, Coffman’s statements are the first to firmly establish that he is not a Trump supporter and provide stark evidence that the GOP is divided.
‘I’m a Marine – for me, country comes first. My duty is always to you. So if Donald Trump is the president, I’ll stand up to him. Plain and simple.’
Coffman is up for reelection in his Denver distrct, which is made up “…of moderate voters, suburban mothers, and Hispanics — all voting blocs Trump has struggled with.” To take advantage of this, Coffman’s campaign is also airing a Spanish version to reach Hispanic voters, whom Trump has alienated the most.
Despite Coffman’s attempts at distancing himself from the Republican nominee, his challenger, state Sen. Morgan Carroll, is doing her best to point out their similarities. According to CPR, she points to his “…past hard-line stance on immigration reform, something he’s softened in recent years, and to an incident in which Coffman questioned president Obama’s birthplace.” Though he has apologized for the remarks, Carroll points out that this type of thinking is what produces people like Donald Trump.
‘Trump didn’t come from nowhere. We basically, over time, have seen a whole bunch of irresponsible members of Congress, including Mike Coffman, help pave the way for someone like Donald Trump to be here.’
However, many believe Coffman’s decision to run the commercial is a good strategy for his own campaign that will likely be repeated by other vulnerable GOP candidates.
Regardless of what effect the ad may have, it is a sure sign that the Republican party is fractured and will continue to split apart as down-ballot elections edge closer and closer.
You can watch the ad below.
Featured image screenshot from YouTube.