By NAN Contributor
News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Mon. Oct. 10, 2016: Haitian American US lawmaker Mia Love is among the GOP lawmakers in D.C. dropping Donald Trump.
Rep. Mia Love, (R-Utah), told the Salt Lake Tribune she can no longer support the GOP Presidential candidate on the heels of a leaked audio tape from 2005 in which the married Trump is heard telling then Access Hollywood host Billy Bush that he had made a move on a married woman, that he just starts kissing beautiful women and does not “even wait” and as a star he can do anything including: “grab them by the pussy. “
“His behavior and bravado have reached a new low,” Love was quoted as saying. “I cannot vote for him.”
Love is the first Haitian American and the first black female Republican in Congress as well as the first African American to be elected to Congress from Utah. She was born Ludmya Bourdeau in Brooklyn, New York to Haitian immigrants Mary and Jean Maxine Bourdeau.
The US Congresswoman is currently locked in a re-election battle with Democratic opponent Doug Owens.
She joins several other Republican lawmakers who have said they will not vote for Trump including fellow Utah lawmakers Jason Chaffetz and Rep. Chris Stewart; Senator John McCain, Representative Kay Granger of Texas, the lone woman in the state’s large Republican delegation, Rep. Martha Roby (Ala.), Rep. Bradley Byrne (Ala.), Rep. Joe Heck (Nev.), Rep. Cresent Hardy (Nev.), Rep. Scott Garrett (N.J.), Rep. Ann Wagner (Mo.), Rep. Rodney Davis (Ill.), Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (Neb.), Rep. Tom Rooney (Fla.), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Sen. Mike Crapo (Idaho), Sen. John Thune (S.D.), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Sen. Deb Fischer (Neb.), Sen. Dan Sullivan (Alaska), Sen. Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio)
Meanwhile, Trump has signaled he would retaliate against lawmakers who withdraw their support from his campaign. On Twitter, Trump attacked Republicans fleeing his campaign as “self-righteous hypocrites” and predicted their defeat at the ballot box.