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Rep. Mia Love's Aha Moment: Republicans Never Take Minorities Into Their Hearts

In her concession speech, the Republican lawmaker in Utah expressed betrayal by her party.

Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) gave a concession speech on Monday after a narrow loss in this month's midterm election. Love expressed a sentiment of betrayal by her own party, and said President Trump's vision of the world is "no real relationships, just convenient transactions."


The day after the midterm elections, Trump reprimanded defeated Republicans, including Love in the mix. Even though her race against Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams remained too close to call, Trump said her campaign distanced itself from his administration, which led to her poor performance.

"Mia Love gave me no love and she lost," Trump said. "Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia."

Love said in her speech that she was surprised by Trump's response:

"When President Trump took a jab at me because he thought that the race was over, and he lamented that I wouldn't ask him to come to the state of Utah, I was somewhat surprised at first. But, with every decision I make I have to ask myself, 'At what cost?'

"The president's behavior towards me made me wonder, 'What did he have to gain by saying such a thing about a fellow Republican?'" she said.

DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti said, "Rep. Love was betrayed by her own party."

"In her concession speech, she appears to be bewildered by this betrayal," Visconti explained. "Bewildered and betrayed by the party of 'good people on both sides' at Charlottesville, purposeful negligence of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and tearing children from parents' arms at the border. It's foolish to allow yourself to be betrayed by people like that after they've given you clarity on who they are."

Love continued to expound on her realizations about Trump, in her speech, saying his response to her "gave me a clearer vision of his world as it is."

She continued, "No real relationships. Just convenient transactions. That is an insufficient way to implement sincere service and policy."

Love also explained that the Republican Party isn't serving Black people.

"This election experience and these comments [from Trump] shines a spotlight on the problems Washington politicians have with minorities and Black Americans," Love continued. "It's transactional. It's not personal. Politicians claim they know what's best for us from a safe distance. Yet, they are never willing to take us home."

"Because Republicans never take minorities, 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." she added.

"I've seen the cost to conservatives for not truly taking people into their hearts. Democrats saw newly-elected Black members and women to Congress in this election. This is a matter of fact that Republicans lost in this regard."

Sometimes hindsight is 20/20.

Reader Question: Do you agree or disagree with Rep. Mia Love's comments regarding the Republican Party?

Watch Rep. Love's concession speech.

The Conversation (13)
27 Nov, 2018

I'd like to say that I feel sorry for her, for her sense of betrayal and her bewilderment. But I don't. I feel very strongly that to be anyone other than a white male in this society and believe hat the republicans care about you, is to live in a state of incredible denial and delusion. I'm happy that she lost her race, because she was already lost.

mo-will@outlook.com27 Nov, 2018

You knew this about the Republican Party before you lost. You get no sympathy here. You should be ashamed of yourself for aligning yourself with that racist ass part

Jed Wing27 Nov, 2018

What do you expect? Any black the Repubs push in just for show and only at various times here or there. Look at J.C. Watts. He was given a window dressing "leadership" role as head of the House Republican Conference (ever heard of that? Thought so.) He quit and started doing those "Get a government grant (i.e., businessman's welfare) today!" infomercials. Yeah, Mia, you got no love from Utah or the party. Welcome back to black.

27 Nov, 2018

Preach, Preach, Preach...... Our citizens of all races, colors and creeds must open their eyes and ears. We are on a downward spiral and must turn things around. We are a country of persons from all parts of the world, different colors, races and creeds working / together . THAT IS WHAT MAKES AMERICA GREAT!!!

27 Nov, 2018

I think that she has been delusional for a long time and it took this moment of inappropriate behavior from our current anti-president and the lack of support from her own party to see what I’m sure many people of African descent have been trying to tell her or as long as she can probably remember.

Jonscott Willis30 Nov, 2018

Mia Love is my homie, from New York. She was born in 1975. By that time the Republican Party had already began to morph into the old Dixiecrats ... first with the Civil Rights Act in the 60's, then came Nixon's "southern strategy" of the 70's, Reagan's Neshoba County Fair, speech in Mississippi and his subsequent "Welfare Queen" rhetoric and "Willie Horton" scare tactics of the 80's, the rise of the likes of Newt Gingrich, Tom Delay et al in the 90's and the casual indifference to minorities of both Bush's ... all things Mia Love should have been aware of, known, not surprised by. I get her being angry ... but bewildered? Sistah please!

Before she can begin to learn from this experience she will have to come to grips with the fact that losing this race is nothing compared to being lost to hers.

votetocorrect27 Nov, 2018
Ex-Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), is still living in her own personal bubble. Repugnacans don't care about the poor or lifting up the poor...she deserved to lose! Repugnacans only care about how to cheat to win elections and cutting their personal taxes, and to pay for those tax cuts they take funds from Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Mia Love couldn't speak her mind in the Repugnacan Party, so she needs to wake up and become a Democrat!
votetocorrect27 Nov, 2018
Ex-Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), needs to dump the Republican Party! I don't know what it will take for people of color to see that the Repugnacan Party under Trump are nothing but hypocrites and racist!
Rhondayes27 Nov, 2018

I have no love for Mia Love. Had she won she would still be supporting Trump's racist policies. So, bye.

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