Republican Utah Rep. Mia Love blasted President Donald Trump on Monday during a concession speech in which she said he had “no real relationships, just convenient transactions,” according to CNN.
Love was responding to Trump after he made comments a day after the midterm elections in which he attacked her for not embracing him on the campaign trail, despite not all the votes being counted in the Utah congressional race.
“Mia Love gave me no love, and she lost,” Trump said at the news conference. “Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia.”
Love conceded to Democrat Ben McAdams, the mayor of Salt Lake County, to represent Utah’s 4th District, a seat she’s held since 2015. Her loss helped the Democrats gain 39 seats in the House of Representatives, which is the largest margin of victory in history, according to reports.
“The president’s behavior towards me made me wonder: What did he have to gain by saying such a thing about a fellow Republican,” Love said during her speech in Salt Lake City. “It was not really about asking him to do more, was it? Or was it something else? Well, Mr. President, we’ll have to chat about that.”
She added that his remarks gave her a “clear vision” of how Trumps sees the world. “No real relationships, just convenient transactions. That is an insufficient way to implement sincere service and policy.”
Love, who made history by becoming the first and, to date, only Black Republican woman in Congress, also slammed Republicans in Washington in her speech over their treatment of voters of color.
“This election experience and these comments shines a spotlight on the problems Washington politicians have with minorities and Black Americans: It’s transactional, it’s not personal,” said Love.
She continued, “You see, we feel like politicians claim they know what’s best for us from a safe distance, yet they’re never willing to take us home. Because Republicans never take minority communities into their home and citizens into their homes and into their hearts, they stay with Democrats and bureaucrats in Washington because they do take them home — or at least make them feel like they have a home.”
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