Republican Mia Love lost her seat in the House to Democrat Ben McAdams during the midterm election. On Monday, she gave a concession speech where she criticized President Donald Trump and his “vision” for the world.

Conceding her defeat, Love made a reference to the infamous news conference Trump held the day after Election Day in which he spoke about her, asserting she lost (despite votes still being tallied at the time) because she did not accept his endorsement. “Mia Love gave me no love and she lost,” Trump exclaimed. “Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia.”

On Monday, Love directly challenged the president, asking, “The President’s behavior towards me made me wonder: What did he have to gain by saying such a thing about a fellow Republican?” Continuing, she added, “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.”


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Love then went on the offensive, saying, “However, this gave me a clear vision of his world as it is. No real relationships, just convenient transactions. That is an insufficient way to implement sincere service and policy.” Shifting her attention to a greater problem facing her party, Love said, “This election experience and these comments shines a spotlight on the problems Washington politicians have with minorities and black Americans — it’s transactional, it’s not personal.”

Continuing, Love added, “You see, 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 and bureaucrats in Washington because they do take them home — or at least make them feel like they have a home.”

As her tenure in Congress comes to a close, Love informed her supporters that she’ll become more straightforward. “Starting in January, my role will change and we still have a lot of work to do. We will not yield the moral high ground whatever the cost. Good news is, I’m not going away. But now, I am unleashed, I am untethered and I am unshackled, and I can say exactly what’s on my mind.”

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