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?
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"We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money," said a woman working at Trump National Golf Club.
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Victorina Morales, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, reportedly crossed the border in 1999 and has worked at the at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J, since 2013, The New York Times reported Thursday.
According to a spokesperson for his business organization, she would be one of tens of thousands of people to be employed by Trump, and would be terminated if she was undocumented. Sandra Diaz, 46, from Costa Rica was another.
Both Morales and Diaz, during their stints, washed the Trump family's clothes in a special detergent, made beds and dusted.
"There are many people without papers," said Ms. Diaz, who said she witnessed several people being hired whom she knew to be undocumented.
Morales was initially pleased with her job because she was paid and tipped well, often times by Trump. But her sentiments changed when he ran for president.
"I'm tired of being humiliated and treated like a stupid person," she said in Spanish during a brief interview. "We're just immigrants who don't have papers."
During his campaign in 2016, when he referred to Mexicans as rapists and criminals, he promised to mandate E-Verify, a federal tool to verify employment eligibility, and requested $23 million in his 2019 budget proposal to expand the program for nationwide use. He also bragged when a new Trump hotel opened in Washington, "We didn't have one illegal immigrant on the job."
"The president has been half-serious about stopping illegal immigration by not taking away the jobs magnet," said Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, a group pushing to reduce immigration. Beck said Trump has "let us down in his promise to help American workers" because he hasn't "put his shoulder behind a mandatory E-Verify bill."
Trump signed a "Buy American, Hire American" executive order in 2017 restricting visas, but his Mar-a-Lago golf club also has a history of applying for H-2B visas for hundreds of immigrant workers. The H-2B visa is for "temporary non-agricultural workers."
Morales reports being driven to work by staff to hide the fact that she couldn't legally drive, and that after she presented fake papers for work, she was given another set of fake papers by the Trump Organization to keep her employed there.
Morales had a front row seat on the job to Trump meetings as she was cleaning his villa, even when potential cabinet members were interviewed and when he met with the White House chief of staff.
But that didn't come without experiencing verbal abuse from Trump's staff.
Her attorney Anibal Romero said in a statement Thursday that his clients were called racial epithets and threatened with deportation by a supervisor that ironically, "had employed them despite knowing their undocumented status and even provided them with forged documents."
"We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money," she told the NY Times. "We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation."
Reader Question: Do we need any more proof that he's a liar about everything?
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