First Lady Jill Biden has been slammed for comparing Latino voters to tacos!
It seems like Joe Biden’s wife is as good at sticking her foot in her mouth as he is. The first lady is taking heat for saying in a recent speech, that the Latino community is as “unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio.”
Jill Biden made the comments while addressing the progressive Latino nonprofit group UnidosUS in San Antonio, Texas, where she said one of the group’s former presidents built it with diversity in mind.
She said Raul Yzaguirre built it “with the understanding that the diversity of this community, as distinct as the bodegas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio, is your strength.” She also mispronounced the Spanish word “bodegas” in that line of the speech.
The comments prompted a small cheer from the crowd, and Biden laughed, according to video footage of the event.
However, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists did not find the comparison so funny. The organization criticized the First Lady’s remarks, saying, “Using breakfast tacos to try to demonstrate the uniqueness of Latinos in San Antonio demonstrates a lack of cultural knowledge and sensitivity to the diversity of Latinos in the region.”
“NAHJ encourages Dr. Biden and her speech writing team to take the time in the future to better understand the complexities of our people and communities,” the group continued.
“We are not tacos. Our heritage as Latinos is shaped by various diasporas, cultures, and food traditions. Do not reduce us to stereotypes.”
Numerous Republicans had seized on Biden’s apparent gaffe, with Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona tweeting: “Jill Biden says Hispanics are as ‘unique’ as tacos and calls bodegas ‘bogidas.’ No wonder Hispanics are fleeing the Democratic Party!”
And Steve Guest, an advisor to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, tweeted: “Which White House speechwriter just won a bet for getting the First Lady to say something like this?”
However, Janet Murguía, the president and CEO of UnidosUS, tweeted that the group was “honored” to host Biden, saying: “She has been a great educator in, and a great amiga to, our community for years. Privileged to call her a friend.”
Michael LaRosa, Biden’s press secretary, tweeted an open apology to anyone that may have been offended by the remarks: “The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community.”
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