WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- Rep. Mia Love believes President Trump's comments on immigration when he referred to Haitians, El Salvadorians and those from Africa as people from "s***hole countries" were racist.
"I can't defend the indefensible. You have to understand that there are countries that do struggle out there. But their people, their people are good people, and they're part of us. We're Americans," Love said. "I think that they were unfortunate....I wasn't in the room, I know the comments were made. I don't know which context they were made. I'm looking forward to finding out what happened but more importantly I'm looking forward to trying to fix the problem."
When asked by CNN's Jake Tapper what she would say to a Haitian-American who thinks Trump is racist, Love says that she will not be a victim no matter how other people feel about her. She has also called for President Trump to apologize.
"My parents have always taught me not to be a victim. My parents taught me that no matter what somebody else feels that's their problem not mine. That I'm not the one that's flawed when somebody feels some way about me because of the way I look or my gender or whatever that is," Love said. "So I think at this point, we can't look to Washington, we can't look to the President to tell us how to behave, how to feel. We have to be respectful, we are responsible for who we are and how we behave and when history looks back at us, they'll judge us for whether we were able to rise to the occasion and rise above the negativity or whether we wallowed in it."
Furthermore, Love explained, "I still think that he should apologize. I think that there are people that are looking for an apology, and I think that that would show real leadership."
On Friday, Love also spoke out about Trump's comments calling them "unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation's values."
"This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation" and called on Trump to apologize to the American people "and the nations he so wantonly maligned," Love said.
President Trump has denied claims that he used "s***hole" in his remarks during a meeting on DACA. In a tweet, Trump said that "the language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough but this was not the language used."
Senators from both sides of the aisle have been conflicted as to whether they heard the remarks or not during the meeting.
Love is a representative from Utah and became the first black female Republican elected to Congress as well as the first black candidate elected from Utah. Both of her parents immigrated to the United States from Haiti and stayed in New York. Love eventually moved to Utah after joining the Church of Latter-day Saints.