Mia Love defends Scalise
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Rep.-elect Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveVoters elected a record number of Black women to Congress this year — none were Republican Democrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains McAdams concedes to Owens in competitive Utah district MORE (R-Utah) on Sunday defended House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseGOP braces for wild week with momentous vote House Republican: Cheney has 'failed' GOP conference Trump spokesman says defeating Cheney a top priority MORE (R-La.) and said he should remain in House leadership despite having spoken to a racist group in 2002.

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Love, who is the first African American Republican woman elected to the House, denounced the racist groups on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."

"I believe he should stay in leadership," Love said.

Love joined Republican leadership -- including Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) -- in defending Scalise.

Scalise admitted last week that he spoke to a group funded by former Ku Klux Klan official David Duke.

“It was a mistake I regret, and I emphatically oppose the divisive racial and religious views groups like these hold," Scalise said in a statement last Tuesday.

He seemingly was unaware that the group had ties to the racist organization. The speech was about a tax proposal.