Republican Rep. Mike Kelly (Pa.) on Tuesday attempted to take the heat off President Trump after his racist tweets targeting four congresswomen of color by cliaming he is “a person of color” because he is white.
“Why do we get wrapped around the axle about everything he says,” Kelly, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, told VICE News. “Listen, he’s not a politician.”
The conservative Republican said charges of racism against the president are “way beyond the pale.”
“You know, they talk about people of color. I’m a person of color,” Kelly revealed.
“What color?” the reporter asked.
“I’m white. I’m an Anglo Saxon. People say things all the time, but I don’t get offended,” he said.
“Has anybody ever told you to go back to your country?” the reporter pressed.
“Yeah, I have as a matter of fact,” Kelly stated.
“With a name like Mike Kelly you can’t be from any place else but Ireland,” he said.