Rep. Mia Love has been vocal about the claim that President Donald Trump used the term “sh*thole countries” to describe some third world countries, allegedly to include Haiti.
Love, a Haitian-American, has described the president’s words as “unkind” and has called on him to apologize.
The Utah Republican took her criticism of Trump into unfriendly territory Sunday, appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” to say she believes his remark was racist.
“Um, well, I think they were — yes,” Love replied, when host Jake Tapper asked if the comments were racist. “I think that they were unfortunate. I don’t know if they were taken — I wasn’t in the room. I know the comments were made. I don’t know which context they were made.”
Tapper: “Were the comments racist, do you think?”
Rep. Mia Love: “Well, I think they were, yes. I think they were unfortunate.” https://t.co/3yUkgoPigI
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 14, 2018
“I’m looking forward to finding out what happened, but more importantly, I’m looking forward to trying to fix the problem,” she continued. “I think we need to — we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard.”
And therein lies the problem.
Love has had a thriving political career as a Republican, but it would behoove her not to allow the president’s critics, led by CNN, to use her as a pawn in their blood lust to destroy Trump.
Complicating matters significantly, Trump denied using the term “sh*thole,” saying he used tough language, but that “was not the language used.”
A claim Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and David Purdue, R-Ga., backed up. The senators were in the Oval Office meeting where Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., claimed the president used the term and both say they did not hear it.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 15, 2018
Trump has also denied saying anything derogatory about Haiti.
“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country,” he tweeted on Friday.
Playing up the potential divide, Tapper asked Love what she’d tell Haitian-Americans who believe Trump is racist.
“We have to be respectful, we are responsible for who we are and how we behave,” she said. “And when history looks back at us, they’ll judge us for whether we’re able to rise to the occasion and rise above the negativity or whether we wallowed in it and allowed it to take us down. That’s what I would say.”
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