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Mia Love Rips Trump in Concession Speech

Republican U.S. congressional candidate and Saratoga Springs, Utah Mayor Mia Love in Tampa, Fla., August 28, 2012. (Mike Segar/REUTERS)

Representative Mia Love (R., Utah) scorched President Trump in a speech conceding her reelection race to Democrat Ben McAdams Monday, saying the president has “no real relationships, just convenient transactions.”

“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. “However, this gave me a clear vision of his world as it is. No real relationships, just convenient transactions. That is an insufficient way to implement sincere service and policy.”

Love’s comments come after Trump criticized her and several other unsuccessful Republican congressional candidates the day after this month’s midterms.

“Mia Love. I saw Mia Love, and she would call me all the time to help her with a hostage situation, being held hostage in Venezuela,” Trump said of Love’s advocacy for Josh Holt, a man from Utah who was imprisoned by the Venezuelan government for almost two years. “Mia Love gave me no love and she lost. Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia.”

McAdams’s defeat of Love, who was first elected in 2014, marks the 38th House seat Democrats picked up in this month’s midterms. Love, who became the nation’s first black Republican congresswoman when she was elected in 2014, called McAdams a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” during her concession speech.  She also charged her party with having problems attracting and serving minority voters.

“This election experience and these comments shine a spotlight on the problems Washington politicians have with minorities and black Americans — it’s transactional, it’s not personal,” she said. “Because Republicans never take minority communities into their homes 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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