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

Republican Rep. Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellySupreme Court won't review Pennsylvania GOP election lawsuits Pennsylvania's Democratic lt. governor files to run for Senate READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (Pa.) on Tuesday weighed in on criticism of President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez: Detailed sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo 'painful to read' The GOP's uncertain future Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSix ways to visualize a divided America Jamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' Democrats urge Biden FDA to drop in-person rule for abortion pill MORE (D-Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMehdi Hasan gets MSNBC Sunday prime-time show Six ways to visualize a divided America Jamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPressley says image of Black custodial staff cleaning up Capitol after Jan. 6 riot 'haunts' her DeJoy apologizes for mail delays while defending Postal Service changes DeJoy set for grilling by House Oversight panel 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 AmashRepublicans eye primaries in impeachment vote Michigan GOP lawmaker says he's 'strongly considering' impeachment Newly sworn in Republican House member after Capitol riot: 'I regret not bringing my gun to D.C.' 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.