In Blaming Democrats For The Government Shutdown, Gardner Misled Reporters About A Previous U.S. Senate Vote

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Sen. Cory Gardner (R).

During the recent government shutdown, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) blamed Democrats for the impasse, and essentially called them hypocrites, because they’d voted last year for a $25 billion bipartisan compromise that included funds for a border wall.

And therefore, Gardner said repeatedly, Democrats should have no problem approving over $5 billion for a wall this time around.

For example, Gardner told FOX News’ “Fox and Friends” in December:

“Months ago [U.S. Senate Democrats] supported $25 billion in border security funding. Now they support less than a fifth of that. This is a massive cut in border security that the Democrats are now proposing…” “I don’t think it’s a stretch to say, ‘Just a few months ago, you agreed to $25 billion in border security; why are you trying to cut border security now?’ And I hope they will agree, ‘Yes, let’s get this done.'”

But in saying this, Gardner repeatedly misled reporters, because the $25 billion bipartisan border-security deal, approved in February of last year in a 54-45 U.S. Senate vote, also included a 12-year path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants.

It’s glaring manipulation for Gardner to leave this out, given how important a path to citizenship has been for Democrats and Dreamers.

In January, toward the end of the recent shutdown, Trump offered Democrats a border-security deal that included some relief for young undocumented immigrants facing deportation.

But the deal offered by Trump had no path to citizenship for Dreamers, instead offering three years of protection from deportation for fewer immigrants than the February, 2017, package that was supported by U.S. Senate Democrats.

In fact, Trump’s offer toward the end of the shutdown didn’t do much for young immigrants, who are barred from deportation anyway pending court decisions.

But Gardner continued to be relentless, on multiple media platforms, in insisting that Democrats had once supported the Trump deal that was on the table.

In mid-January, Gardner said on KVOR’s Jeff Crank Show (at 1 min 30 sec):

“Just a few months ago, we had $25 billion worth of border security that both Democrats and Republicans voted for.”

Again, in this interview and others, he didn’t mention that the deal included a path to citizenship for Dreamers.

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  1. gertie97 says:


    This is a blog, not a daily in a GOP town. Cory lied. To label it misleading is squishy.

    And why do you keep calling the talkie opinion creatures like Fox & Friends nincompoops and Jeff Crank reporters?

    • Jason Salzman says:

      yeah, i shouldn't have called them reporters. Gardner was running around saying the same thing everywhere he could possibly say it. So I bet he said it to a real reporter as well. 

      As for saying he lied, i don't care if i'm writing for a blog. i don't use the word unless there's evidence he knew he was delivering falsehoods. in this case, it's an omission, which isn't a lie anyway. but i don't use the L word unless it's provable.

  2. JohnInDenver says:

    Well, if we are going to talk about prior votes, shouldn't Cory mention the December vote when Republicans voted without exception to operate the government without wall funding at all?

    • MADCO says:

      Look, that was fake news. It had to be, because otherwise the Senate Republicans are complicit in a huge waste of time and a ginormous R embarrassment.


      yeah, fake news is better

  3. MADCO says:

    I remember his primary.

    not himnot himnot himnot himnot him


    Himhimhimhimhim. Who her? Who other? Always him. Only him.

    is this the start of  the 2020 Senator Gardner disappearing act? Embrace Trump and all things crazy R, draw all negative attention for Colorado Rs, and then at the last minute step aside for some electable R.

    they did it for him.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Oh yeah, sure MCo . . . Cory Gardner, selfless servant of the party!!!!!!? . . .

      I know it’s still early, but with that you’re definitely handsdown frontrunner for funniest comment of the year!

      (. . . Please, excuse me now while I spend this morning cleaning the coffee nasal spray from around my kitchen.)

  4. Duke Cox says:

    for MADCO above.

    Interesting notion.

    Trying to think of that electable R..

    Got any ideas?

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