Coffman Says Spicer ‘Needs to Go’

Colorado Republican holds first town hall since he had to escape January event

Rep. Mike Coffman told a town hall crowd in his Colorado district “We have to be realistic” on the approach to immigration policy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Rep. Mike Coffman told a town hall crowd in his Colorado district “We have to be realistic” on the approach to immigration policy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted April 13, 2017 at 9:30am

Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman told a town hall audience in his district that White House press secretary Sean Spicer needs to leave.

“He needs to go,” Coffman said in response to a question about Spicer’s recent comments saying Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons like Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad, the Denver Post reported.

Coffman stayed twice as long as the scheduled time, addressing questions on health care, immigration, and spending, and how he would serve as a check on President Donald Trump. But he also spent a lot of time speaking over boos and jeers from the audience.

Coffman was the only member of the Colorado congressional delegation to support the proposed Republican replacement to the 2010 health care law, but said he wanted protection for people with pre-existing conditions.

On immigration, Coffman tried to strike a moderate tone talking about how the security of the U.S.-Mexico border, while also saying “We have to be realistic.”

“For adults that have broken our immigration laws but haven’t broken our other laws, let them come out of the shadows,” he said.

Coffman has typically avoided doing town halls, instead preferring one-on-one meetings. Activists swarmed an event in January and Coffman had to leave out a back entrance.