Having lost her reelection bid, Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, is unloading on the Republican Party and its leader, chiding President Trump for making women and minorities feel unwelcome and warning that an ingrained tone deafness extending to many in Congress is dragging down the GOP.
Love said in an interview this week with the Washington Examiner she is proud of supporting legislation that boosted economic growth. But the only black Republican woman in Congress, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, said voters want more than a job; they want to feel valued. Republican pleading that policy trumps rhetoric is not only off-base, Love said, it’s interpreted as patronizing by women and minorities.
“So why do they stay with Democrats? I think it’s because they feel like they have a home — or Democrats make them feel like they have a home,” Love said. “I’ve said this to my colleagues, we need to do a better job than just talking about how great our policies are, we need to actually let people know that we care. They need to like Republicans.”