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Rep. Responds to Maxine Waters Calling His ‘You People’ Comment Racist: ‘She Knows Exactly What I Was Talking About’

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Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) on Saturday defended part of his impassioned comments on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives against critics who called it racist.

During an interview with Fox News host Neil Cavuto, Kelly, who delivered a speech in which he talked about his heated exchange with Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), said he didn’t intend anything racist when he addressed Waters, who is black, as “one of you people.”

“Not one of you people have ever been on the floor and tried, not this floor, I’m talking about the automobile floor, you know an awful lot about laptops, but know nothing about blacktop. You get on that floor, you get on the lot and you work with people to make sure they can have affordable transportation,” Kelly said, addressing Waters on the opposite side of the House chamber.

“I know what you meant and I think people knew what you said, but when you said ‘one of you people,’ it was seized on as a racist comment. You say what?” Cavuto asked Kelly on Saturday.

“This is what I say, we’re in a country right now where we prey on any type of statement to try to make it more divisive. She knows exactly what I was talking about. I was talking about the number of people on the other side of the house that day that came up in line to constantly criticize the automobile people. Kelly responded.

“Not one of those people, by the way, have any background in our business. I do. This is an industry that I have worked in so long, and love so well. And I understand what that meant, what that industry has been able to do to lift the lives of every single American. It’s who we are as a people. To have to sit there and listen to that, know at the end of the day all this is about is about dividing the American people, not bringing us together,” Kelly added.

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