Colorado Republican Rep. Apologizes After Saying Obama ‘Not an American’
“I don’t know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America,” the congressman said. “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.”
Elbert County Republican Chairman Scott Wills told Colorado’s 9News that there was “deafening silence” before the crowd reacted with tentative applause.
Coffman supporter Brooks Imperial, who first posted audio of the speech, said he wished more Republicans would reveal they were birthers.
“I’m glad the congressman said it,” Imperial remarked. “Not enough have. More should.”
In a written statement on Wednesday, Coffman insisted that he had misspoke.
“I misspoke and I apologize,” the statement said. “I have confidence in President Obama’s citizenship and legitimacy as President of the United States.”
“I don’t believe the president shares my belief in American Exceptionalism. His policies reflect a philosophy that America is but one nation among many equals,” the statement continued. “As a Marine, I believe America is unique and based on a core set of principles that make it superior to other nations.”
The most disgusting thing about this entire incident is that this clown implies that he speaks for all Marines who agree with everything coming out of his mouth.