Bob Kellar, a 10-year councilman and two-time mayor, said his words were taken out of context, according to a Los Angeles Times article.
From the Times: The councilman’s words have “ignited an angry war of words in a suburban community over whether the longtime civic leader is a hatemonger who should be driven from office or a patriot unafraid to speak out for fellow Americans.”
You can see his remarks below on YouTube from the Jan. 16 anti-immigration rally in Santa Clarita.
Kellar said that his remarks represented a frustration for illegal immigration, not animosity towards nonwhites.
According to the Times article, Kellar said those remarks caused some people to accuse him of being racist, to which he replied: If believing in America causes people to think he’s a racist, “then I’m a proud racist.”
Kellar maintains he has no regrets over his comments.