THE BLOG
03/09/2016 11:12 pm ET Updated Mar 10, 2017

US Sen. Gardner Slams HuffPo Article On Secretive GOP Meeting to Stop Trump

In a radio interview this morning, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner denied that he traveled to a meeting at a swanky Georgia resort over the weekend in a last ditch effort to stop Donald Trump from becoming the GOP presidential nominee.

"These conspiracy theories about what took place there are way over the top, spurred by a Huffington Post liberal outlet that thinks people are going to be gullible enough to believe it was something that clearly it wasn't," said Gardner of the meeting, hosted by the American Enterprise Institute.

The "main topic at the closed-to-the-press confab" was how to stop "Republican front-runner Donald Trump," according to the Huffington Post article, by Ryan Grim, Nick Bauman, and Mark Fuller.

This is absolutely nuts that the liberal Huffington Post has conservatives questioning what's happening. I mean, this is an organization that ends every story with, 'Editor's note: Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist.' This is from the Huffington Post, so it's pretty crazy what people are saying right now.

Gardner, who supports Sen. Marco Rubio, described the event as an annual meeting, and he said he was on panels addressing China and the freshman class in the U.S. Senate.

"To think that anything else was discussed by me is absolutely untrue," Gardner said on KNUS 710-AM's Kelley & Kafer Show March 9, referring to the Trump discussion (at four min below).

"That's unfortunately, probably the best way to describe it, as a wonky, nerd forum," said Gardner.

I know they've talked about the tech CEOs. And yes, Tim Cook was there talking about the encryption issue in front of Congress right now, and the very real challenge of balancing privacy with security. And again, this is an annual conference that's been going on since 1982. To think that there was some other kind of purpose for it is simply not true and a flat-out lie.