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.
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Christopher Paul Hasson's intended targets included Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Cory Booker and CNN's Don Lemon.
Authorities have arrested Christopher Paul Hasson, a 49-year-old coast guard lieutenant, who intended to conduct a mass killing.
Hasson is a self-proclaimed white nationalist who had a detailed plan to execute prominent Democratic politicians as well as several journalists from CNN and MSNBC. He devised his plan with inspiration from Anders Breivik, who successfully completed terrorist attacks in 2011 that killed 77 people in Norway.
In order to get prepared to carry out his mission, Hasson accumulated steroids and human growth hormone "to increase his ability to conduct attacks," as outlined in Breivik's manifesto.
According to court documents filed on Tuesday, Hasson intended "to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country."
Documents also state that "the defendant is a domestic terrorist, bent on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect governmental conduct."
A spokesman for the US Coast Guard Headquarters, Barry Lane stated, "An active duty Coast Guard member, stationed at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., was arrested last week on illegal weapons and drug charges as a result of an ongoing investigation led by the Coast Guard Investigative Service, in cooperation with the FBI and Department of Justice."
Because this is an open investigation, the Coast Guard has no further details at this time.
While the master plan was to "kill almost every last person on the earth," his current hit list consisted of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Kamala Harris of California, as well as former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas. Journalists on the list included CNN's Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo and Van Jones and MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Ari Melber and Joe Scarborough.
When law enforcement agents searched Hasson's house, they found 15 guns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition. Hasson is scheduled to appear in Court on Thursday for a hearing.
Proud Boys is a far-right, extremist group, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
On Monday, President Trump gave a speech in Miami to his supporters, and a member of the Proud Boys — who wore a "Roger Stone Did Nothing Wrong!" T-shirt — sat in a prime spot behind him.
Ana Alvarez, a substitute teacher, asked the student why he continues to live in the U.S., "if it's so bad here."
"I'm a Christian evangelical, I grew up in the Christian faith, and one of the most clear public policies that you're supposed to engage in as a just society is fairness toward the strangers, immigrants," Barber said.
The NAACP and Rev. Dr. William Barber called out evangelical Christians who back President Donald Trump's family separation policy, and called the policy racist.
"We see this happening," Barber said, "and this attack on children — we know it's brown children, it wouldn't be happening if it wasn't brown children at the southern border — is white supremacy, white nationalism, being implemented in our public policy right in front of our faces."
"I will take your photo and send it to ICE. You don't belong here," said the attacker.
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Williams is taking a stand to prevent the mistreatment of women of color by law enforcement.
Georgia State Sen. Nikema Williams, the first Black woman elected to lead the state's Democratic party, was jailed last year for just standing among protesters at the state Capitol. Williams is now taking a stand to prevent the mistreatment of women of color by law enforcement.