GOP lawmaker: 'I'm a person of color. I'm white.'

Republican Rep. Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellyEven in a time of impeachment, health care is on the agenda Top moments from historic House impeachment debate GOP lawmaker compares impeachment to Pearl Harbor MORE (Pa.) on Tuesday weighed in on criticism of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE'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.

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“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.

The House voted late Tuesday to formally admonish Trump, approving a resolution condemning his tweets from the weekend as “racist."

Trump's tweets Sunday suggested that a quartet of liberal freshmen, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders Sanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibCongressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders Sanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' MORE (D-Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMedia's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders Sanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyCongressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders Sanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements Ayanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia MORE (D-Mass.), should "go back" and "help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

Of the four lawmakers, Omar is the only one not be born in the U.S. She became a citizen in 2000 after fleeing violence in Somalia.

While four Republicans and the newly Independent Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall House votes to send impeachment articles to Senate MORE (Mich.) joined Democrats in condemning the tweets, many GOP lawmakers said the tweets were not about race but about the policies of the progressive congresswomen. 

Updated at 12:25 p.m.