GARDNER URGES CIVILITY AMID INVESTIGATION
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.