November 27, 2018 15:21:23
US Representative Mia Love, the only black Republican woman in Congress, has lashed out at President Donald Trump and her party, saying they had failed to fully embrace minority voters.
- Ms Love accused Mr Trump and her party of keeping minority voters at a distance
- Mr Trump previously called out Ms Love for failing to hold her House seat
- Ms Love has not ruled out another run in office: “I’m not going away.”
Ms Love, a conservative from Utah, narrowly lost her bid for a third term to Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, a Democrat, according to the final vote tally from the November 6 elections.
Weeks before the race was called, Mr Trump criticised Ms Love at a news conference for not supporting him enough.
“The President’s behaviour toward me made me wonder, ‘What did he have to gain by saying such a thing about a fellow Republican?'” Ms Love told supporters in Utah.
“This gave me a vision of his world as it is. No real relationships, just convenient transactions.”
Democrats gained at least 37 seats in the House of Representatives in the midterm congressional elections, more than enough to seize control from the Republican majority.
The results of some close races are still being calculated.
Republicans retained a slim hold on the Senate.
Ms Love, whose parents immigrated to the United States from Haiti in the 1970s, accused the Republican Party of keeping minority voters at a distance and driving people who might otherwise support conservative policies into the arms of Democrats.
“Because Republicans never take minority communities into their homes, as citizens into their homes and into their hearts, they stay with Democrats,” she said, noting Democrats had just elected new black and female representatives to Congress.
Christiana Purves, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, said: “Candidates who lost in safe Republican districts lost because they couldn’t connect with voters.”
Mr Trump won Ms Love’s district by nearly 7 per cent in 2016.
The day after his party lost its lock on Congress, Mr Trump used a White House news conference to call out several Republicans who failed to hold on to their House seats.
“Mia Love gave me no love,” he said.
“And she lost. Too bad.”
Ms Love reaffirmed her commitment to conservative principles and did not rule out another run for office.
“I’m not going away,” she said.
“But now I am unleashed. I am untethered and I am unshackled and I can say exactly what is on my mind.”
November 27, 2018 13:59:20