Gardner Addresses Lack of Civility, Threats Against his Family at Weekly GOP Press Conference
Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) calls for a return to civility in the United States at the Republican Leadership Press Conference today.
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Remarks as delivered:
In the United States we cherish our First Amendment rights. We cherish our right to petition. We cherish our right to assemble. We cherish our right to protest and free speech.
But over the past several days we’ve seen calls to kill the Supreme Court nominee. We’ve seen white powder sent to the Pentagon, to the President, and to our colleagues. We’ve seen people say that Steve Scalise was complicit in his own attempted assassination.
My wife received a text message of a graphic beheading.
We now have people, public officials, saying you have the right, and should be, uncivil to each other. It’s a call for incivility.
You have others saying, "Michelle Obama may have said when they go low we go high, but I’m saying when they go low we kick back."
This is not who we are as a country.
We have our political disagreements and we should cherish the rights to express our disagreements.
But when it comes to calls for violence, attempted murder, and assassinations this country has gone too far and it’s time we step back from that brink.
My colleague Michael Bennet and I were sent here to work together. We have our disagreements, but we have always fought for the best of our state and I hope that every colleague here will do the same. I hope the American people can be proud of the fact that while we may disagree, we will not let incivility prevail.
Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.
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