GOP Rep: White is a color, so therefore ‘I’m a person of color’

Just before the House voted to condemn President Trump’s tweets that told progressive congresswomen of color to “go back” to their countries of origin, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) chimed with what he likely thought was a witty juxtaposition.

“You know, they talk about people of color. I’m a person of color,” Kelly (R-PA) told Vice News’ Daniel Newhauser. “I’m white. I’m an Anglo Saxon. People say things all the time, but I don’t get offended.”

Kelly then actually claimed that people have told him to “go back” to his country of origin.

“With a name like Mike Kelly you can’t be from any place else but Ireland,” he said.

This Tuesday, the House passed a resolution condemning Trump’s “racist comments” mostly along party lines, with 235 Democrats supporting the measure and only four Republicans giving their support.

As NBC News points out, The four Republicans who voted in favor of the resolution, which “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color,” were Will Hurd (TX), Fred Upton (MI), Susan Brooks (IN) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA).

“There is no room in America for racism, sexism, antisemitism, xenophobia and hate. I voted to condemn the President’s tweets today but I hope that Speaker Pelosi also considers holding members of her own party accountable to the same degree to which she holds the President,” Hurd tweeted.

Listen to audio of Kelly’s words below, via VICE News:

[H/T Talking Points Memo]

Featured image via screen grab/Fox News

Sky Palma

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