Love told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Monday that Republicans are failing to build relationships with minority communities. Instead they treat their interactions with those groups as “transactional,” which has led to them drifting away from the GOP.
“I think we could do a lot better if we honestly take people and take them into our hearts and make it personal,” said Love. “This is not just about politics as usual, we need to turn it around and make it personal because it’s certainly personal for all of the people we represent.”
Love narrowly lost her bid for a third term to Democrat Ben McAdams by less than 700 votes.
The day after the election, President Trump mocked Love, saying the reason she lost her race is she didn’t show enough loyalty to him and his policies. Love says the way Trump and the GOP have treated minority voters is a big reason Democrats are back in control of the House for the first time since 2010.
“I started thinking about why he would say that. As Republicans, we need to honestly help people feel they can trust us, be sincere, build relationships. We need to make sure our policies aren’t just about winning votes. It’s about really doing what’s right instead of what’s expedient.”