A white Republican Congressman says Donald Trump’s racist tweets towards four Democratic congresswomen of color didn’t offend him because he’s a “person of color.”
“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,” Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania told Vice News, in reference to Trump’s tweets about Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Illhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley.
Kelly’s statements come just as the House voted to condemn the recent tweets, in which he told the four women to “go back” to their home countries.
Kelly was responding to questions by a reporter from the outlet who asked if anybody has ever told him “to go back to (his) country,” a remark he said he’d been told before. “With a name like Mike Kelly, you can’t be from anyplace else but Ireland,” he told Vice.
However, Kelly said in a statement provided to CNN Wednesday that his “broader point in the five-minute-long exchange was that we’re all created equal and it’s time to stop fixating on our differences — particularly our superficial ones — and focus on what unites us.
“Attempts by Democrats and the media to divide and define us by race are harmful. We need to elevate our level of discussion,” Kelly said in the statement.