Just-defeated GOP Rep. Mia Love — who was mocked by President Trump after Election Day for supposedly not showing him sufficient loyalty — fired back at the commander-in-chief Monday.
“The president’s behavior towards me made me wonder: What did he have to gain by saying such a thing about a fellow Republican,” the Utah lawmaker said 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 continued during her concession speech after a tight race with Democratic Rep.-elect Ben McAdams.
“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,” she said.
Love, who is African-American, then addressed the problem DC Republicans have attracting minority voters.
“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,” she said, CNN reported.
“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.”
Trump mocked Love and other losing Republicans at a press conference the day after the midterms.
“Mia Love gave me no love and she lost. Too bad. Sorry about that Mia,” Trump said.
Love also took a shot at McAdams.
“I believe that we have elected a wolf in sheep’s clothing. There is a cost and we will pay for it,” she said.
Her defeat, she added, meant that she was “unleashed, untethered and I am unshackled and I can say exactly what is on my mind.”
And she may try again to win her seat back from McAdams in 2020.
“We’ll see,” she said.
It was the first time Love talked to the media since final vote counts last week showed she lost the race.
McAdams ended with 134,964 votes to Love’s 134,270, winning the election with 50.13 percent of the vote to Love’s 49.87 percent.
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