2:28 pm - Tuesday November 21, 2017

CDP Chair: Coffman Should Return Money from Congressman “War on Whites” Mo Brooks

Colorado Democratic Chair Rick Palacio released the following statement calling on Congressman Mike Coffman to return the contribution he received from Mo Brooks, who continued his inflammatory attacks on DREAMers this week by saying that immigration reform was part of a “war on whites.”

“Congressman Coffman should reject the money he’s received from someone who thinks immigration reform is nothing more than a “war on whites,” said Palacio. “Congressman Coffman knew what he was doing when he took support from Mo Brooks despite Brooks’ long record of reckless and hate-filled statements, like the time in 2011 where he said he would “do anything short of shooting” undocumented immigrants. Congressman Coffman should return the campaign contribution from Mo Brooks and immediately repudiate these statements because they have no place in our politics.”

Background

 

Brooks 2011: In 2011, Huffington Post reported that Brooks said “I would “do anything short of shooting” undocumented immigrants.”  [Huffington Post, 7/13/11]

 

Congressman Coffman Received $1,000 from Mo Brooks. In 2012, Mo Brooks for Congress gave $1,000 to Coffman for Congress. [FEC, 9/10/12]

Congressman Mo Brooks said the Democratic Party and President Obama were Waging a “War on Whites.” In 2014, Congressman Mo Brooks said: “This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It’s a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well that’s not true.”

.    Headline: Rep. Mo Brooks talks ‘war on whites’ as the GOP loses the battle for votes [Washington Post, 8/4/14]

Congressman Coffman Said Obama Was in His Heart “Not an American” and Questioned the President’s Birthplace. During a May 2012 fundraiser in Elbert County, Congressman Coffman said, “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.” [9News, 5/16/12; Denver Post, 5/16/12]

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