DENVER - Congressman Mike Coffman is still standing after a bruising town hall on Wednesday, when he was booed, jeered at and shouted down by angry voters.
While that was happening, the Colorado GOP tweeted during the town hall that these were "fake protesters," which the Republican from Aurora shot down on Thursday, in an interview with Next anchor Kyle Clark.
"I felt the (people in audience) were very committed to their issues," Coffman said. "Granted, the audience leaned left, relative to the district, but they're the people that are the most concerned with potential changes, mostly to Medicaid. I respect that they were there, that they were voicing their views and they were not shy about it."
Coffman said he knows organizers encourage groups of people to turn out for town halls, but he says the people at his town hall were not paid, and they were voters who wanted to be heard.
His understanding does not mean he saw eye-to-eye with everyone there. One person in the crowd asked Coffman why he doesn't represent his district. He responded with, "Well, I've won a couple of elections around here," something he said he regrets now.
"I think it was flippant. I think that what I should have said is I'm always out listening to people in the district, and do my best to reflect the majority of the district," he said.
"Whether or not they're the majority, I think their views are legitimate," the Congressman said. "What is important is that I listen to as many voices as I can and make a determination in terms of what is my philosophy, and where is the district, and where do the two intersect?"
Coffman says he expects to have another town hall by the end of the year.
The Congressman also said he expects to hear from the Trump administration about his comment made in the town call, which called for President Trump to drop Sean Spicer, the press secretary.
"I just think it's not only in the best interest of the country, but in terms of serving this president, Sean Spicer is not able to do his job," Coffman said. "He dramatically misspoke when it came to Assad and comparing him to Nazi Germany, and forgetting six million Jews that were killed, ya know, using lethal chemicals. I think that he's not serving this president."
In our full interview with Coffman, we touch on Medicaid funding, an Affordable Care Act replacement and more. Watch below:
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