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The first black female Republican elected to Congress took Donald Trump to task for his ongoing string of racist tweets attacking non-white Democratic figures.
“Look, the blame game has been going on for years but in the recent Tweets and the things that I have seen, enough is enough. It really is disheartening,” said former Rep. Mia Love of Utah, who served two terms before being narrowly defeated last year. “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,” added Love, whose family came to the United States as refugees from Haiti. “To see Americans tear each other up and the president has gone way too far. Anything less than an apology is unacceptable to me.”
Trump first tweeted racist attacks against four non-white Democratic congresswomen, telling them to “go back” to the countries they came from. Then just this last weekend, Trump tweeted an attack against Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md) and Cummings’ Baltimore district. Cummings, an African American, is the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he oversees several investigations of Trump.
Love made her remarks on-air on CNN.
In response, Democratic former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm replied, “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.’ We are not a country that craves that division. He is not going to profit electorally but using division as a way of getting to the office again. I think it is going to backfire and I really appreciate you saying that.”