GARD­NER URGES CI­VIL­ITY AMID IN­VES­TI­GA­TION

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - — Ben Botkin,

U.S. Sen. Cory Gard­ner urged ci­vil­ity as fed­eral po­lice in­ves­ti­gate a text of a graphic be­head­ing sent to his wife be­fore his vote for the con­fir­ma­tion of Judge Brett Ka­vanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Gard­ner crit­i­cized calls to kill Ka­vanaugh and other threats, say­ing the U.S. needs to end the rhetoric laced with vi­o­lence and “step back from the brink.”

“My wife re­ceived a text mes­sage of a graphic be­head­ing,” the Repub­li­can from Yuma said Thurs­day. “We now have peo­ple, pub­lic of­fi­cials, say­ing you have the right, and should be, un­civil to each other. It’s a call for in­ci­vil­ity.”

Gard­ner didn’t name any of­fi­cials in his re­marks, but a spokesman gave two ex­am­ples: For­mer At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder say­ing “when they go low, we kick them,” re­fer­ring to Repub­li­cans. And Hil­lary Clin­ton’s say­ing in a CNN in­ter­view, “You can­not be civil with a po­lit­i­cal party that wants to de­stroy what you stand for, what you care about.”

The U.S. Capi­tol Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the text, said Casey Con­tres, a spokesman for Gard­ner.

Gard­ner spoke at a weekly news con­fer­ence of Repub­li­can sen­a­tors.

Gard­ner voted to con­firm Ka­vanaugh to the bench in a split 50­48 vote.

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