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Trump Calls Out Mia Love, Other Embattled GOP Candidates For Not Supporting Him

Photo of Mia Love at podium.
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Rep. Mia Love stands with Josh Holt and his family after the debate with Ben McAdams during the 2018 midterm election.

President Donald Trump fired a parting shot at GOP Congresswoman Mia Love, who’s facing an uphill re-election battle in Utah’s 4th District, as he discussed midterm results on Tuesday and the House loss to Democrats.

During a wide-ranging press conference on Wednesday morning, Trump said he wasn’t sure whether to be happy or sad for defeated House GOP incumbents who did not support or seek his endorsement.

Trump singled out Love as an example. He said the Utah Congresswoman had asked for his help in securing the release of Joshua Holt from a Venezuelan prison this summer, but then distanced herself during the campaign.  

“Mia Love …  I saw Mia Love … she called me all the time to help her with a hostage situation,” Trump said.

“But Mia Love gave me no love and she lost,” he said. “Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia.”

Love has not yet officially lost her race. She is currently trailing Democrat Ben McAdams in the 4th District, 51.3-48.6 percent, as ballots continued to pour in from Salt Lake and Utah counties.

Trump appeared unaware that the race was not yet called and quickly moved on to other GOP targets.

“Those are some of the people that decided, for their own reasons, not to embrace ... me or what we stand for,” he said. “But what we stand for meant a lot to most people.”


Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she intends to continue preaching the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies.
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