"It's absolutely horrific," Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) told Lou Dobbs on his Fox Business show Wednesday night when asked for her reaction to leaked Planned Parenthood videos showing officials talking about selling fetal tissue. "I get a little emotional."
"We've got to do everything we can ... to make sure that we don't allow this to happen," Love said, tears rolling down her cheek.
Love wears many firsts. The first black female Republican elected to Congress. The first African American to be elected to Congress from Utah. And on Wednesday night, she potentially added another: The first time since her 2014 election she has shown why Republicans should legitimately be excited about her star rising.
On "Lou Dobbs Tonight," Love came across as empathetic, heartfelt and eloquent as she laid bare her emotions on national television about abortion; emotions that seemed raw even weeks after the news of the leaked Planned Parenthood videos first broke. She spoke about how she's a mother and wife and how if she doesn't stand up for these unborn babies, who will?
It wasn't the first time Love has spoken out publicly on Planned Parenthood, but it was certainly her most visible interview. And Republican Party leaders would undoubtedly like to see more of this. They have put women on the forefront of their fight to defund Planned Parenthood and are hoping to elevate elected officials like Love in a much-needed effort to expand the party's reach among women and minorities.
But the party has arguably taken a few steps back in recent weeks thanks to Donald Trump, who is leading the Republican presidential field while not apologizing for calling women "fat pigs" and illegal Mexican immigrants "rapists and criminals."
Now more than ever, the GOP could really use some more Love. Specifically, this kind of Love.