Congressman Cory Gardner has become the third senator to break with President Donald Trump on the ongoing government shutdown fight and vow to vote in favor of a Democrat-backed clean bill that would fund the government without funding a southern U.S. border wall.
“Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner’s spokesman told us Wednesday he intends to vote for a clean funding bill that would open the government with no increased border-security funding attached,” The Denver Post’s far-left editorial board gleefully reported that evening.
Cory Gardner tries to thread the needle with the Administration. Tells Denver Post he’ll vote for both the Democratic and the Republican bills to re-open the government today https://t.co/X1GiIgalkO pic.twitter.com/h4pbjeNhf9
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) January 24, 2019
This makes Gardner the third GOP senator to go turncoat behind Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, both of whom have a history of siding with the Democrat Party.
Not that the bill stands a chance of passing. The Senate currently contains 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats and 2 Independents. Were all the Democrats, all the Independents and Gardner, Murkowski and Collins to vote “aye,” that’d still only total 50 votes, 10 short of the 60 needed.
Still, despite Gardner, Murkowski and Collins’ votes essentially being meaningless, the fact that they’ve chosen to side with Democrats again hasn’t earned them any fans on social media:
@SenCoryGardner How dare u go against the American ppl and ur President in voting with democrats on a bill with no wall funding. Ur a traitor to this country. U should b ashamed and I hope u get defeated in 2020 for this outrageous vote. ????
— David McCurry (@DavidMcCurry17) January 24, 2019
@SenCoryGardner you’re a traitor You don’t have the courage to stay with Republican Party about federal funding for the border wall. Don’t forget the president agreed to vote for your new Federal marijuana legislation the president would have every right to remove his support??
— GrizzlyTs (@Geetop0707) January 24, 2019
@SenCoryGardner you FUCKING TRAITOR. I WOULDN’T PISS ON YOU IF YOU WERE ON FIREMUCH LESS VOTE FOR YOU AGAIN.
— Deplorable Jdub (@WashellJon) January 24, 2019
@SenCoryGardner if you break and don’t stand for the wall – you’re a traitor and need to resign – this is no time for weaklings
— Empress Elizabeth (@buttrflywoman68) January 24, 2019
— Sick of Democrats (@PennyAnneSingl2) January 24, 2019
What a joke @SenCoryGardner is!
Playing politics rather than securing our Border is nothing short of gross. https://t.co/ccoSnnTLZ4
— Jacob Palmieri (@jakepalmieri) January 24, 2019
This isn’t the first act of treachery by Gardner, who likes to bill himself as a “moderate Republican.” When the then-GOP-led House released an Obamacare repeal and replace bill in March of 2017, Gardner and three of his peers — Sens. Rob Portman, Shelley Moore and Murkowsi, again — sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell crying foul.
Their beef? The fact that the bill would have repealed former President Barack Hussein Obama’s expansion of Medicaid, which by the way is frequently abused.
“We are concerned that any poorly implemented or poorly timed change in the current funding structure in Medicaid could result in a reduction in access to life-saving health care services,” the four senators, including Gardner and Murkowsi, wrote.
Some suspect the senator’s latest treachery was inspired by his reelection concerns:
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 24, 2019
Cory Gardner is a Democrat with an R by his name. He is not even Republican lite.
When it came time to stand strong for the repeal of Obamacare, he caved then too.
No principles, but always concerned about reelection. He was a tea party mistake. https://t.co/gshMVnDgEB
— Amy Kremer (@AmyKremer) January 24, 2019
“In cycle” senators behave differently than senators up for reelection in 4 or 6 years. Gardner’s approval rating is in the toilet in Colorado, so he’s looking for ways to make himself look reelectable.
— Ezra Levin (@ezralevin) January 24, 2019
Wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that he’s up for reelection next year in an increasingly blue state would it?
— Joseph Shafer (@6939367b5b3e471) January 24, 2019
The tragic irony is that Gardner’s capitulation to the Democrats, who’ve refused to negotiate with Trump and even voted against paying furloughed federal workers, has earned him zero gratitude from the far-left, which has responded to his capitulation with cynicism.
— Troy Appel (@tdappel) January 24, 2019
“Please forget that I’ve been Trump’s rubber stamp for 2 years when I’m up for reelection next year!” ~ Trump’s Rubber Stamp, @SenCoryGardner
— Luke Forester (@DrForester) January 24, 2019
— scjr (@scjr14312) January 24, 2019
Yes I do and here’s why; Cory has a tough reelection in 2020 so needs to seem like a reasonable caring Senator. Mitch knows exactly how many Senators he can allow to break rank, don’t be fooled Cory is still a Trump sycophant.
— KanDem (@twodoodle) January 24, 2019
It appears the Colorado congressman has managed in one fell swoop to exasperate the entire GOP base while simultaneously impressing not a single person on the left.
Congratulations, senator …
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