Rep. Love calls out opponent, media and Trump while addressing election loss


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Representative Mia Love, who lost her bid for re-election in Utah’s 4th Congressional District is speaking out and holding nothing back.

It’s the first time we’ve heard from her since the election results were finalized last week.

After a long, drawn-out canvassing process, Love, the incumbent was defeated by Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams by 694 votes.

“I’ve fought hard for the taxpayers, for victims of sexual harassment, for our seniors, but most of all, for our unborn children,” Love said as she addressed the media at Utah GOP headquarters.

Love called McAdams over the weekend to congratulate him and wish him well.

But, she also took some swings at what she calls a “horrible” election.

“Sadly, their character assassination tactics have so stained our state that now citizens should expect that this is how elections will be won. Victory is theirs. I believe that we have elected a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” Love said.

She’s also taking aim at the media.

“I saw the media write uneducated, unfair, irresponsible stories.”

And then, there is this comment from President Trump during a national press conference before the outcome of the election was known.

“Mia Love gave me no love. And she lost. Too bad. Sorry about that Mia.”

She says it shines the spotlight on the disconnect between Washington politicians and the Republican Party when it comes to minority communities.

“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 are never willing to take us home,” she said.

The McAdams campaign didn’t engage when asked what they think of the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” comment.

“Rep-elect McAdams appreciated the call he received from Mia Love this weekend and wishes her and her family all the best. It’s time to put the election behind us. Ben is focused on getting to work finding bipartisan solutions for Utah in Congress,” said campaign manager Andrew Roberts.

Love says she’s not going anywhere and will continue to fight for conservative values. She’s not ruling out another run in 2020.

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