A Few Words On Threatening Cory Gardner (Or Anyone Else)

Sen. Cory Gardner (R).

9NEWS’ Jacob Rodriguez reports:

Colorado GOP Sen. Cory Gardner’s wife received a text message with a video attachment showing a beheading, a spokesperson for the senator confirmed to 9NEWS.

Gardner’s spokesperson said someone also released the names and home addresses of Gardner’s family members. U.S. Capitol Police are aware and involved, according to Gardner’s office.

The story was originally reported by Fox News and Gardner’s spokesperson would not elaborate beyond confirming the accuracy of Fox News’ reporting. [Pols emphasis]

From the original Fox News story:

In the wake of his vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday, Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., revealed to Fox News on Sunday that his wife had received a graphic text message with a video depicting a beheading, and that someone has publicly posted the names and addresses of his family members.

Without exception, it is totally unacceptable to make any kind of violent threat to either a politician or their family members. Anyone who engages in such behavior should be prosecuted to the limit of the law, and it’s very important that the rhetoric employed by all sides in our fractious political debates not incite violence against the other side.

Period. There’s no “whataboutism” to engage in, no mitigating counterpoints to justify violent threats.

With that said…

Sen. Cory Gardner has a long track record of dishonesty that necessarily impacts his credibility when he makes claims without supporting evidence. This is a man who has lied brazenly about his own policies like the “federal personhood bill,” the impact of the Affordable Care Act on his and hundreds of thousands of Colorado families, the “paid protesters” allegedly dogging his every step, and most recently caught straight-up lying to constituents calling to inquire about his “undecided” vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh.

As of this writing, Sen. Cory Gardner has not released the details of either of these two alleged threats. We’re not “dark web” users and we certainly don’t track every message that’s posted to every political message board, but we’ve not seen any personal information on either Sen. Gardner or his family publicly posted–and we wouldn’t link to it if we did.

Assuming this is all on the level, forthcoming details about a criminal investigation into these alleged threats will render questions about Gardner’s truthfulness in this case moot. After all, that’s the standard Republicans want to apply everywhere, isn’t it? If that confirmation never emerges, we’ll have no choice but to add this to the long list of stuff Cory Gardner says that may or may not be true.

Sorry to have to revisit this uncomfortable reality, but somebody’s got to.

19 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Gilpin Guy says:

    The Fox version will be that it was from Dr. Ford.  The not-so-funny thing is that death threats to Dr. Ford are passed off as no big deal because we all know that right-wing fanatics just like to try and intimidate people.

  2. Gilpin Guy says:

    The big assumption here is that this is all on the level.  It will probably will give Gardner the excuse he has been searching for to not to meet with his constituents that aren't part of his tribe because they are scary people.

  3. unnamed says:

    I'm all for making Gardner's life hell.  He deserves that.  But death threats or threats of violence are not cool.  Ever.

  4. JohnInDenver says:

    Thanks for the sentiment.

    I won't need details on the investigation — merely a notice from a law enforcement professional that the communication has indeed been turned over and an investigation is underway.

    Cory Gardner is a public servant and neither he nor his family should be threatened with violence.

  5. Dotzero says:

    I'm a big fan of Colorado Pols. I like the discussions and I like the different opinions give by all involved. The post should have ended "Period. There’s no “whataboutism” to engage in, no mitigating counterpoints to justify violent threats."

    Everything that followed negated or at least tarnished everthing that preceded. Colorado Pols can do better.

    • bullshit! says:

      I wish Dr. Ford had gotten the same courtesy you demand for Cory Gardner.

    • Early Worm says:

      I agree Dotzero. Denounce threats of violence and leave it at that.

    • Mike W. says:

      Cause the real issue here isn't the blatant partisan fanning political fires so he can get away with dehumanizing shit in the Senate, or the criminal action of threatening someone's life. No, its the news blog stating facts. 

      Is that a new Moddy I smell?

    • JeffcoBlue says:

      WTF? All the women who accused Kavanaugh get slut shamed and disbelieved but I have to take known liar Cory Gardner at face value? Fuck that.

      • unnamed says:

        To say nothing of the fact that Dr. Ford still can't go home due to receiving death threats.

      • Lucy Montrose says:

        Refraining from violent threats != believing anything the man says.

        Nothing wrong with wishing him failure and humiliation. Losing his cushy Senate job and going to the motivational speaker/vitamin supplement MLM circuit where he belongs.

        Besides, a life spent badly is worse than death.

    • It's only honest to point out that Gardner has lied about some rather basic family situations before, including things easily backed up with documentation. Things designed to generate both sympathy and fear.

      No-one deserves to be doxxed. No-one deserves threats to their family's welfare.

      But we as constituents do deserve at least an independent confirmation when a politician makes such a claim; a simple affirmation from a sheriff or FBI office would work. Too many "we've been fooled before"s.

  6. Genghis says:

    Gardner has well and truly earned a presumption that every word falling from his dissembling cake hole is false. In fact, if Gardner says X, his statement is evidence that ~X is true.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      This is just like the letter he allegedly received from his health insurance carrier. Where is the corroboration to what he claims?

      • Gilpin Guy says:

        It does make him a convenient victim.  Poor Cory.

        Now instead of being afraid of Islamic Jihadists, he has to fear women who are carrying purses because they might be sexual assault traumatized suicide bombers.  Does it matter that I happen to know women who are 'very fine' people?

  7. mamajama55 says:

    Gardner's info is already public. The sinister conspiracy that has published his family's phone and address information includes the eastern Colorado regional phone directory, his own Congressional website, Wikipedia, real estate websites, and the Colorado voter database. The forces of evil, in fact.

    It's all out there, all public information. What's more, Cory knows this.

    Regarding his other allegation, that someone sent his wife a text message with a video of a beheading, his wife should probably not have so many anti-Muslim facebook friends that are all too ready to spread ISIS and Daesh propaganda videos to try to make their point that "All Muslims are terrorists".

    I used to get a beheading or other execution video once a week from some of my more extremist  former facebook friends, complete with bogus quotes from the Quran, etc. I'm sure our troll platoon knows exactly what I'm talking about. Our President even shared one of these Daesh videos recently. Yes, that's right, the leader of the free world sent out an ISIS propaganda video.  Maybe Trump is Mrs. Gardner's facebook friend.

    So color me skeptical – I doubt that this is an actual threatening video sent to Mrs. Gardner by someone she doesn't know. Yes, she probably got a text message and a video of a beheading – probably from someone she knows. Yes, the Gardner's family info is public, and published in a variety of places.

    Neither of those facts implies that critics of Gardner’s vote sent it.

    If Cory Gardner is actually worried about the "threat", he should report it to the FBI. They'll probably actually investigate his issue. After all, he is a white Republican male, and so his needs are a high priority.



    • Gilpin Guy says:

      And right on cue, the media breathlessly published this threat along with pictures of the victim.  Also in the conservative rag known as the Denver Post, was a story about a female journalist in Bulgaria who was raped, beaten and murdered for reporting on corruption in the Bulgarian government.

      • mamajama55 says:

        Yes, it's all over right wing media. You'd think that they are trying to distract from Kavanaugh's confirmation, or something.

        All the stories are sourced back to that one Fox video, with sad piano music audio, Gardner looking pensive, and large scrolling letters saying that his wife received threatening text messages, including a graphic beheading video.

        It's more interesting for what it doesn't say:

        It does not say if Mrs. Gardner knows the sender. Since it went to her personal cell phone, that's  likely.

        It does not say what the threats were.  Was it just "We'll remember in November?" because Cory has gotten plenty of those on his office phones. Did the threats mention Gardner's Kavanaugh confirmation vote? It doesn't say.  Was the threat even related to the Kavanaugh vote, or to another issue Gardner votes on? He is on the foreign relations committee.

        It doesn't say if the Gardners have reported the "threats" to a police or Federal agency.

        It doesn't say the source of the video. Is it one of  the same ISIS / Daesh videos that have been circulated by many right wing sites in the last year? Nobody else circulates beheading videos that I'm aware of  (except Donald Trump, of course). And only terrorists and terrorist sympathizers masquerading as right wing nuts circulate them.

        Gardner is being very cagey on this one. Reporters need to ask him specific questions about the "threat".


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