Republican Rep. Mike Kelly (Pa.) on Tuesday weighed in on criticism of President Trump’s tweets targeting four minority congresswomen, saying that he is a person of color because he is white.
“You know, they talk about people of color. I’m a person of color. I’m white. I’m an Anglo Saxon. People say things all the time, but I don’t get offended,” Kelly told Vice News before a vote on a resolution condemning the president.
“With a name like Mike Kelly you can’t be from any place else but Ireland,” he said.
The term “person of color” is widely used in the U.S. to refer to anyone who is not white or of European descent.
Kelly told The Hill that the comment had been taken out of context.
“The reporter’s tweet mischaracterized our conversation and my broader point: We’re all created equal. It’s time to stop fixating on our differences and focus on what unites us,” he said, pointing toward the full remarks.
In the full five-minute interview, Kelly said that Trump must have been responding to something directly and that liberals would get angry if the president said “good morning.”
He also added that he had “thicker skin” than other people and doesn’t get offended by things as easily.