Twenty days after the midterm elections and some close races are just now being called. One of those is the race for 4th congressional district in Utah where Democrat Ben McAdams squared off against incumbent House Republican Mia Love.
Love becomes the only GOP House incumbent in Utah to have her district go from red to blue.
Monday, Representative Love gave her concession speech, stating she called McAdams to congratulate him on his victory over the weekend. But the only African American female member of the GOP in Congress had harsh words for the head of her party, President Donald Trump.
Trump mocked Love in his news conference after the election—while votes were still being counted and no official winner declared in a race that ended with 50.1% for McAdams to 49.9% for Love. Trump said to reporters:
“Mia Love gave me no love and she lost. Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia.”
In her concession speech, Love stated:
“When president Trump took a jab at me… I was surprised at first.”
“The President’s behavior towards me made me wonder: What did he have to gain by saying such a thing about a fellow Republican. 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.”
“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.”
Watch her remarks here.
Utah Rep. Mia Love, the only African-American woman among the House GOP ranks, criticizes Pres. Trump in her concession speech, saying he has “no real relationships, just convenient transactions.” https://t.co/9L4t7LVuct pic.twitter.com/JpHZLcibfx
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“Starting in January, my role will change and we still have a lot of work to do. We will not yield the moral high ground whatever the cost.”
“Good news is, I’m not going away. But now, I am unleashed, I am untethered and I am unshackled, and I can say exactly what’s on my mind.”
Watch Love’s full remarks here.
The President faced criticism before over his statements about and treatment of African American women in Congress and in the press. He has also faced allegations of racism from former employees like Omarosa Manigault-Newman and Michael Cohen and the foreign and domestic press.
People commented on Love’s revelation about the President.