While Donald Trump has been bringing his racist worldview to the forefront with his tweets of the last week — ranging from despicable attacks on the four congresswomen of color in “the squad” to his outrageous assault on House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and the supposedly dismal conditions of his Maryland district — he has predictably faced nearly universal condemnation from Democrats and a round of defensive denials of racist intent from Republicans in congress fearful of his political wrath.
There was at least one member of the GOP, however, who was willing to call out Trump for the reprehensible and blatant racism he’s displayed with his Twitter fusillades.
Mia Love, the former representative from Utah who lost her seat in congress in a close 2018 race, stood up to the president as one of the few African American Republicans to attack their party’s leader over his exploitation of racial animosities.
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Love, appearing on CNN‘s State of the Union, told Jake Tapper that Trump was playing right into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hands with his racially and socially divisive tweets.
“Look, the blame game has been going on for years but in these recent tweets and the things that I have seen, enough is enough, this really is disheartening,” Love said. “The greatest threat that we face is the division of America and i don’t believe that any president should be playing a part in dividing America.”
“I actually say this not just as a former Representative, I’m saying this as a Republican and a mother. I think this is exactly what the Russians want. I think it is exactly what our enemies want — to see Americans tear each other up and the president has gone way too far,” she continued.
“Anything less than an apology is unacceptable to me,” she demanded of the president.
The former congresswoman’s words inspired her fellow panelist former Democratic Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm to think her for her willingness to confront the president’s racism.
“Can I just say thank you? Thank you for being a Republican who has stood up we need more people like you saying enough is enough,” Granholm replied.
While Mia Love’s background gives her a different perspective on Trump’s racial divisiveness than her fellow Republican party members, her recognition of the problem that the president’s acceptance and promotion of white nationalist views is something that in a different era would have garnered the agreement of many other GOP stalwarts.
Today, however, prominent Republicans are falling over themselves to rush onto cable news programs to defend Trump’s remarks to align their brand with his out of political expediency.
It’s good to see at least one member of their party has the conscience and intelligence to recognize and name Trump’s behavior for what it truly is: racist political pandering designed to distract from his criminal actions being uncovered by Democrats in Congress like Representative Elijah Cummings.
You can watch a video of former Utah Congresswoman Mia Love on CNN‘s State of the Union in the clip below.
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Original reporting by Tom Boggioni at Raw Story.