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GOP Rep. Mia Love: Minorities vote Democrat because Republicans keep a 'safe distance

Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) speaks during a news conference with (L-R) Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) following their weekly caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) explained why she believes minority voters often gravitate toward Democratic candidates, sometimes against their own self-interest, during her concession speech Monday, CNN reported.

Love recently lost her House seat to Democratic challenger Ben McAdams after representing Utah's 4th Congressional District since 2015. In her concession speech after losing a drawn out race, Love criticized the president and offered some perspective on how the GOP can make inroads with minority voters.

What did Trump have to gain? President Donald Trump brought national attention to the race between Love and McAdams by mocking the congresswoman after the election was prematurely called in favor of McAdams.

Love worked closely with Trump to secure the freedom of Utah resident Josh Holt from his Venezuelan imprisonment, but her campaign still kept its distance from the president, which Trump pointed out.

"Mia Love gave me no love and she lost," Trump said. "Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia."

Monday, Love questioned why a Republican president would take a shot like that at a member of his own party.

"The president's behavior towards me made me wonder: What did he have to gain by saying such a thing about a fellow Republican?" Love 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. No real relationships, just convenient transactions. That is an insufficient way to implement sincere service and policy."

Why minorities shun Republicans: Building on her point about the transactional nature of Trump's politics, Love said that type of interaction alienates minorities.

"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.

"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," she continued. "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."

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