i know. it sounds dumb. but if you say it in turkish it has a different meaning.
he isnt ethnically turkish. nor am i ethnically turkish. we are turkish citizens. turkic and turkish is not the same thing. turkic people live in central asia and siberia. and we usually dont care for the genealogy but the linguistic similarities. so we consider anybody turkic if we share a similar language.
after wwi we got kinda ultra nationalistic like most other countries to seperate our identity from the ottomans and the invading western forces. and most people who lived in the current borders died due to wars, famine,plagues etc.
so most people who live in the country currently came from the former ottoman lands like crimea, western thrace, caucusus, north africa etc.
some were oghuz turks, some were muslim greeks/slavs, some were circassians. but then they kinda absorbed the turkish identity and kinda assimilated to being turkish. so even tho all of the place is a mixed bag kinda like the states, we all have different backgrounds. because in the end we got rid of turks like ourselves because they switched to orthodox christianity. so religion did play a role.
so the only thing we share in common is culture. and the culture is mostly shaped and influenced by islam.
so it is dumb but when you translate it i actually kinda get the point he is trying to convey. even though it sounds dumb af