On Thursday, The Denver Post apologized for endorsing Sen. Cory Gardner (R) after he failed to vote no for President Donald Trump’s “bogus” national emergency declaration.
The paper explained that they supported Gardner’s conservative voice in Congress, but said it was a “mistake” to endorse him after he abandoned his values in order to stand by the president.
“Gardner has been too busy walking a political tight rope to be a leader. He has become precisely what we said in our endorsement he would not be: ‘a political time-server interested only in professional security,'” the editorial stated.
“We fully expect to disagree with our lawmakers from time to time — in fact we’ve been critical of Gardner but stuck by him through tough but defensible votes including the attempted repeal of the Affordable Care Act,” the editorial stated.
The paper went on to explain that if Gardner seriously cared about border security and immigration than there are other avenues he can take that do not jeopardize Constitutional values.
“If Gardner truly believes there is a crisis at the border and that a wall would substantially help with the situation, why wasn’t he lobbying his fellow Republicans to pass a budget in December prior to the shutdown that included Trump’s requested $5.7 billion for a wall?” the editorial stated.
“We no longer know what principles guide the senator and regret giving him our support,” the article concluded.
Read the full editorial here.