Rep. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveDem Ben McAdams defeats GOP’s Mia Love for Utah House seat Dem Ben McAdams declares victory in Utah, says lead over Love ‘insurmountable’ Election Countdown: Florida fight ends with Scott, DeSantis wins | Dems see Sunbelt in play for 2020 | Trump to campaign in Mississippi ahead of runoff | GOP wipeout in Orange County | Ortiz Jones concedes in Texas House race MORE (R-Utah) rebuked President TrumpDonald John TrumpFranklin Graham: Trump defends the Christian faith Trump slams ’60 Minutes’ over report on family separations GOP senators open door to tougher response on Saudi Arabia MORE on Monday, describing his view of politics as a series of “convenient transactions,” in her first comments since the president targeted her and other GOP lawmakers who lost their elections after declining to campaign with him.
“When the president, 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,” Love told supporters and journalists during a speech in Salt Lake City.
“The president’s behavior toward me made me wonder, what did he have to gain by saying such a thing about a fellow Republican?” she said. “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,” she continued. “No real relationships, just convenient transactions. That is an insufficient way to implement sincere service and policy.”
Monday marked Love’s first public comments since she lost her race to Democrat Ben McAdams by fewer than 700 votes in Utah’s 4th Congressional District.
At a press conference the day after the midterms, Trump singled out Love and other GOP lawmakers who did not embrace him on the campaign trail.
“Mia Love gave me no love, and she lost,” Trump said. “Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia.”
Love briefly pulled ahead in the race as votes continued to be counted after Trump’s comments, but then fell behind for good. McAdams’s victory was one of dozens of seats Democrats flipped this month to retake the House majority.
The outgoing representative said Monday that the campaign was indicative of broader problems that politicians in Washington, D.C., and Republicans in particular, have connecting with minorities.
“It’s transactional, it’s not personal,” she said. “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.”
Love closed by telling attendees that she is “untethered” and able to say “exactly what’s on my mind” moving forward. She did not rule out running again in 2020.
— Mia Love (@MiaBLove) November 26, 2018