On Tuesday night, the House voted to condemn Donald Trump’s remarks about four Democratic Congress women as racist. Remarkably, (considering the tenor of politics these days) it actually passed. There were even four Republicans willing to concede it was racist of Trump to tell Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley to “go back to their own countries,” as though they aren’t citizens and elected officials of the United States.
Trump denied his statement was racist, but it’s not the kind of thing he’s ever said to a white person! Not even a white immigrant, of which there are many in the U.S. Trump’s policies, including detainment camps and forced expulsion don’t seem to ever pertain to white European immigrants. Very strange.
While the vote may have passed, there was one GOP Congressman who was willing to stand up for Trump and say something even more inane than anything the president has tweeted in the last 24 hours. Representative Mike Kelly from Pennsylvania gave an interview to Vice News about the vote, saying he didn’t find Trump’s remarks racist even though he himself is 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,” said Kelly. “With a name like Mike Kelly you can’t be from any place else but Ireland.”
Amazing how easy it is for him to not get offended when no one is ever actually talking about him. It’s hard to tell if Kelly is incredibly stupid or just horribly disingenuous, but I think it’s a mix of both. Don’t let him hear you say that, though, or he’ll start saying he’s “mixed.”
Kelly moronic statements are uniting people though. Uniting them in dunking on him:
GOP Rep. Mike Kelly claims he's a “person of color.” He also claims water is a "liquid of flavor." pic.twitter.com/zV15i7fwx5— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) July 18, 2019
why does congressman mike kelly think the irish are anglo saxon— mark (@kept_simple) July 16, 2019
If white folks are people of color too, then why did white folks use the term “colored” for so many years to restrict access to housing, schooling, restaurants, bathrooms, and water fountains? #revisionisthistory or #historicalamnesia? #mikekelly https://t.co/jYdPKkJ3m4— ✝️NonMeta Stephen????️???? (@stvp68) July 17, 2019
Starting a gofundme to purchase Mike Kelly the world’s smallest violin pic.twitter.com/A3baXx3Map— Stangle’s Kid (@lisasaurstomp) July 17, 2019
I can’t properly express how massive of a dipshit Mike Kelly is, but this quote should give you an idea. https://t.co/aHu3VSa9vF— Erik (@SikkCaden) July 17, 2019
It seems like Kelly has a lot to work out about identity and race in America. And also in the U.K., since he doesn’t seem to actually understand what being Irish means.