Coats shares thoughts on Trump’s immigration remarks

Dan Coats
FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2012 file photo, former Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Coats says he will retire from the Senate and won't seek re-election in 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Dan Coats believes that Donald Trump is hurting the Republican brand.

You can count the Indiana Senator among those in the GOP who worry that Trump’s remarks about immigration will drive Hispanic voters to the Democratic Party.

Trump has called Mexican immigrants “criminals” and “rapists” and has refused to apologize for what he said.

His tone has not changed even though the GOP National Chairman asked him to “tone it down.”

House Speaker John Boehner has also objected and now Senator Coats is speaking up.

“I think the Donald usually is thinking about the Donald,” he said. “I don’t think the country wants someone with his bombast to be making decisions late in the night about the future of the country.”

He went on to say that voters, “want a real conversation, not a politically correct conversation, but they want a conversation not a bombast, and Donald always seems to take it one step too far.”

Sen. Coats is in support of measures to secure the Mexican border but he is also the son of an immigrant.

He acknowledges that a lot of people agree with Trump, but clearly does not think he is fit to be President. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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