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
— ABC News (@ABC) November 26, 2018
“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.
On Twitter, people seemed surprised Trump’s attitude was news to Love. While others criticized her for playing the game until it no longer served her.
Too little too late Mia … but better late than never 🤷🏽♂️
— Michael Rivers (@BigMike825) November 26, 2018
@MiaBLove is late to her realization about #Trump’s lack of character or anything good. Wonder where she has been living during the past several years, and if she would have delivered this same speech if she had won.
— Roxanne La Roc (@legalrocs) November 26, 2018
I guess it takes a personal hit from Trump for Replicans to realize what he’s about!!! I wish they’d learn faster.
— Judy Perry (@perrydesigns1) November 26, 2018
ah, but you were fine being GOP representative in congress. talk to the hand, Mia.
the only reason you’re speaking out is because you lost.
— Michele (@Auntmickawicka) November 26, 2018
Oh, so you mean those relationships were real when you were in office & voting straight Trump down the line? Tell me, is that epiphany you got going on now transactional? Or, is it convenience?
— MacGirl (@OliveCheeseWine) November 26, 2018
All I’ve got to say is she’s black what did she expect. 🤦🏾♀️ What’s wrong with black folks when it comes to trump. Just because you pet the dog doesn’t mean it won’t turn on you.
— Vicky (@Toria6069) November 26, 2018
— Cynthia Dagnal-Myron (@bioko) November 26, 2018
Transactions that YOU supported and voted for! Good for you losing your seat, you lost your soul on Jan 16,2017!
— Louis Alt (@AlteregosAlt) November 26, 2018
You knew who he was from Day 1. pic.twitter.com/NmTNUR7bxV
— TheProvider (@ImJustSaying824) November 26, 2018
Ohh, so now you got something to say after you weren’t re-elected. Girl Please
— Peter Adeyemi 🇨🇦🇳🇬 (@peteradeyemi82) November 26, 2018
I can only laugh at her. She got what she deserved. They don’t want us at the table, they want us on it. pic.twitter.com/1ctZYrSXgs
— Angel Simms (@cosign4sarcasm) November 26, 2018
Love stated she would not be going away, but did not elaborate on her future plans. Meanwhile, people expect the President to lash out at Love once he hears of her comments.
Trumpy will be criticizing her in 3…2…
— Buckaroo Banzai (@buckaroo1260) November 26, 2018