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CO delegation on Trump stance on Muslim immigration
Content originally published by KUSA on December 8th, 2015.
KUSA -- Some members of Colorado's congressional delegation are reacting to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump " calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."
9NEWS reached out to the nine members of the Colorado delegation and we've gotten eight responses so far:
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) -- On Twitter, the senator said: "This plan is a terrible idea. It flies in the face of our values. #diversityisourstrength"
Sen. Cory Gardner (R - Colorado) -- From an article on Bloomberg.com: "Senator Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican who has endorsed Senator Marco Rubio, responded by calling Trump a 'buffoon.'"
Rep. Mike Coffman (R - Aurora) -- "As a Marine Corps combat veteran, I know what it takes to protect our country and as a member of Congress, I always have and always will represent all of the citizens of my district, regardless of their religious affiliation, and protect their constitutional rights."
Rep. Ken Buck (R - Greeley) -- "Trump's proposal violates the Constitution, the values of our nation, the Republican Party platform, and my conscience. He should withdraw from the Presidential race. He is a fraud."
Rep. Scott Tipton (R - Cortez) -- "As Speaker Paul Ryan said today, this is not conservatism. It's not what this country or this party stands for. Those who are calling for our country to ban refugees who practice the Muslim faith couldn't be more wrong and have no place in the discussion. I will remind them that we are a nation founded on the principle of religious liberty for all, and that is sacred."
Rep. Diana DeGette (D - Denver) -- "Trump has been pushing Republican presidential candidates in this direction for some time; only now everyone is suddenly waking up to the fact that this latest outrageous statement is built on a foundation of intolerance that would violate bedrock American principals and isolate us at a time we most need to engage the world.
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D - Lakewood) -- "Donald Trump's idea is outrageous and hateful, and flies in the face of American values. This type of discrimination and offensive rhetoric does nothing to address the serious national security concerns facing our country."
Rep. Jared Polis (D - Boulder) -- "I’d suggest Mr. Trump re-read the Constitution. Or an American history book. Our country was founded upon the principles of religious liberty, freedom, and justice. His proposal is a betrayal of those shared American values. It’s simply not who we are as Americans.
In addition to the delegation, 9NEWS reached out to the Colorado Republican Party for a response.
"There won't be a comment on Trump. We cannot comment on any candidate in a primary, unfortunately," said Steve House, chairman of the party, who added that he also could not comment on the proposed policy. "No, because it could be construed as being critical of [Donald] Trump or biased for him. It's the rules, unfortunately."