Flip-Flop Complete: Gardner Changes Position on National Emergency, Cements Loyalty to Trump over Constitution
Almost exactly a month ago today, Colorado’s junior U.S. Senator Cory Gardner went on Colorado Public Radio and declared his opposition to the idea of President Donald Trump declaring a national emergency so he could have funding to build a wall across the southern border. Less than 24 hours later, when the President did declare the national emergency, Gardner immediately recanted, stating that he needed to review it — a position he maintained until today, when Senator Gardner voted to support the national emergency and oppose a bipartisan resolution to block it.
“When you consider that President Trump himself said that he ‘didn’t need to do this. But [he’d] rather do it much faster’ on the very day he made the emergency declaration, Senator Gardner’s attempt to defend his vote by arguing the President had no choice doesn’t make any sense. It has been quite the spectacle to watch Senator Gardner go from saying he couldn’t vote for Trump in 2016, to a 90% lifetime voting record with Trump, to endorsing Trump’s re-election bid early, to now doing a total 180 on the President’s fake national emergency. But today, Senator Gardner made it abundantly clear that his loyalty is to Donald Trump over the United States Constitution and his constituents in Colorado. Coloradans won’t forget this, and Senator Gardner will face the consequences in November 2020,” said David Pourshoushtari, spokesman for the Colorado Democratic Party.
Reminder: Not only is President Trump incredibly unpopular in Colorado, but so is his plan for a wall.