U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) enters 2019 on thin blue ice–as he looks to defend his seat in 2020 with Trump’s name on the same election ballot.
To add context to the Gardner debate going forward, here’s a curated list of 2018 Gardner quotes relating to Trump, taken mostly from the Colorado Times Recorder’s coverage of Gardner.
Because the senator and his staff refuse to return our phone calls, most of these quotes are from other media sources.
“This is nothing more than a revenge majority,” Gardner said on Fox News’ ‘Fox and Friends’ in December, speaking of the Democratic majority in the U.S. House. “They want to fight against a president that they believe never should have been elected in the first place, and so the policies that they are pursuing are all going to be based on revenge: investigations, cutting border security, doing everything they can to provide that revenge.”
“I’d Like to See the President Come to Colorado.”
“And so I think those are the two key takeaways [from the mid-term election], how President Trump did more than I think any other president has done for elections and getting these candidates elected, and how we were able to defy history,” Gardner said on conservative radio after November’s election, adding on another show: “So, look, I look forward to continuing our work together. And I’d like to see the President come to Colorado. I’d like to see my colleagues want to see him be successful. Let’s talk about the good things we’ve done in Colorado. Let’s show him the good things we’ve done in Colorado. I hope that everybody is engaged in wanting us to have a successful president.
“Radical Left” Opposes Trump
“I think there are elements of the radical left who are going to oppose President Trump, no matter how good it is for this country,” Gardner said in November. “There are obviously things that we’re going to agree with and disagree with the president on. But the economy is creating jobs… Wages are going up. This is incredible.”
The “Media Is Afraid of This”
In June, Gardner told conservatives at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver that Republicans will be able to confirm scores of judges if they can retain control of the U.S. Senate in November. Gardner said the “media is afraid of this,” and they “want us to fail.”
Trump’s Meeting with Kim Jong-un “Certainly a Positive Move”
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) said in May that it was “certainly a positive move” for Trump to enter into talks with North Korea, even though he said the then likely meeting should be taken “not only with a grain of salt but with perhaps an entire salt block.” After once lambasting Obama for lower-level talks with North Korea, Gardner reiterated to CBS that the talks were “positive development.”
Help Secure the “future of President Trump’s America First agenda”
“Your contribution is vital to the future of President Trump’s America First agenda,” Gardner wrote in an August fundraising appeal for a national Republican organization. “With your support, we will strengthen our Senate Majority. Will you step up and make a contribution today?”
“Loony Left” A Potential “Problem” in Mid-Term Election
“Obviously, voter motivation and intensity is important in elections,” Gardner told a libertarian radio host in September. “And if more on the radical left, the loony left, get out and vote than the right, that’s a problem.”
Advice for Trump before State of the Union Speech
“I think this is a chance for the President to really talk about those accomplishments, to talk about the fact that we passed significant bipartisan legislation to make it easier for lifesaving drugs to get approved, that we passed legislation to repeal a whole bunch of bad regulations that were dragging the economy down, that we passed a massive tax cut for the American people allowing them to keep more of their own dollars in their own pocket” Gardner told a conservative radio host in January.
“So this is a little bit of a chance for the President to say, ‘Hey, this is what we accomplished over the last year. As a result, we have more people believing we have the strongest economy in decades. We have more people seeing wage growth. We have more people being able to keep more of their own dollars in their own pocket. We have more people finding better jobs. And this is what we can now do together to make this next year even better.’”