Former Republican Representative Mia Love has jumped on the President Donald Trump bandwagon and is calling for Democrats to take accountability for the president’s racist comments.
In an interview on CNN with Fredricka Whitfield, Love said the congresswomen of color, who were the subject of Trump’s latest derogatory tweets, should “take the high road.”
“I think the American people, including me, we’re getting so tired of the back and forth,” she said. “I just want to say we have to remember what their jobs are.”
The former Utah representative also pointed out that while she does not excuse Trump’s behavior, both sides should take accountability for the exchange.
“I’ve got three children that are watching adults behave poorly. And then we go out and we tell people, hey, these kids shouldn’t be bullying each other. They shouldn’t be doing the things that they’re doing that’s causing all sorts of suicides in schools and yet members of Congress and the president of the United States aren’t the best example.”
Last week, Trump targeted Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar in a xenophobic tweet, suggesting "they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
Many on social media have clapped back at Trump, using #TrumpIsARacist and #RacistInChief. Republicans have mostly remained silent regarding the president’s most recent Twitter tirade.
Blatant racist. Blatant rapist. Blatant sexist. Blatant idiot. His words paraphrase and sum up my experience growing up in America as a black woman. He’s just the face of ingrained racism that was ALWAYS here. America’s skeletons are unveiled right through this man! https://t.co/hCnmQAE2Ae— Ari Lennox (@AriLennox) July 15, 2019
Trump Greatest Hits Vol 1— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) July 14, 2019
- Black people come from s-hole countries
- Exonerated 5 still guilty
- Mexicans are rapists
- Immigrants are invaders
- Islam hates us
- Muslim Ban
- Immigrant kids detained + separated
- Congresswomen go back home#TrumpIsARacist.
Love, who is the daughter of Haitian immigrants, said the president’s rhetoric is not inclusive of all Americans.
“I think he has to be more presidential. When you are the president of the United States, you represent all Americans, even those that you don't like very much.”
Still, social media criticized Love for not explicitly calling out Trump’s tweet for what it was: racist.
Mia Love: “I’m not making any excuses for Trump."— Clay Cane (@claycane) July 15, 2019
Also Mia Love: pic.twitter.com/IG28zM2LDy
Mia Love keeps missing the point. They’re asking her if trump’s tweets were racist and she says; “he’s not racist” (that wasn’t question); that she doesn’t like the words and they don’t affect her because she knows who she is. #CNN— lisa franklin (@lisa__franklin) July 15, 2019
@FrankBruni and his facial expressions during the Mia Love interview on @CNN was PRICELESS!! Thank you for calling her out!! @realDonaldTrump is a RACIST!! Pure and Simple!! #RacistInChief #ImpeachDonaldTrumpNOW— Lori Setley (@LoSetley) July 15, 2019