Former Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, condemned the Capitol Hill siege as “a sad and tragic day.”
During remarks at a virtual forum held on Wednesday, Gardner bemoaned the “damage of what happened to U.S. credibility” one week after rioters breached the U.S. Capitol, arguing that the country’s standing in the world will suffer as a result.
“There is diseased tissue in this country. Hatred, division, and incivility, that poses a significant problem to the United States, our credibility long-term. And if we don’t address that, fix that, stop that continued corruption of that tissue, it’s a good day in Moscow and a good day in Beijing and a bad day for the United States. And we cannot let that continue. So, we have to bring this nation together,” Gardner said during the event held by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank based in Washington, D.C.
Without condemning President Trump by name,