Update (1250ET): First Lady Jill Biden has apologized after comparing Hispanics to "breakfast tacos" during a Monday speech.
"The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community," press secretary Michael LaRosa tweeted - perhaps the least respectful way to convey an apology for offending an entire demographic that's already leaving your party in droves.
The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community.— Michael LaRosa (@MichaelLaRosa46) July 12, 2022
As a related aside, remember the time Joe Biden told black people that if they don't vote for him, they 'ain't black' - and the media gave him a complete pass?
“Si se pwodoway !!”— Taqtiqal NuQes (@TaqtiqalNuQes) July 12, 2022
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Hispanics are livid after First Lady Jill Biden, a doctor, compared them to "breakfast tacos" during a Monday speech to the 2022 UnidosUS Annual Conference held in Texas, where she opined on Hispanics' "Quest for Equity."
During her speech, Biden said 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."
Jill Biden just said Hispanics are as “unique” as tacos.— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) July 11, 2022
This isn’t Veep. Which White House speechwriter just won a bet for getting the First Lady to say something like this?pic.twitter.com/DXfJgYz0g5
This did not sit well with Latinos, who spent the day dragging her on Twitter. It also caught the attention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), which said in a statement: "We are not tacos."
"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," reads the statement.
"Our heritage as Latinos is shaped by a variety of diasporas, cultures and food traditions, and should not be reduced to a stereotype."
NAHJ encourages @FLOTUS & her communications team to take time to better understand the complexities of our people & communities.— NAHJ (@NAHJ) July 12, 2022
We are not tacos.
Our heritage as Latinos is shaped by various diasporas, cultures & food traditions.
Do not reduce us to stereotypes. pic.twitter.com/KQIq5gwsht
Memes and hot takes abound:
Who did this??😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/OM6PhjlmIZ— il Donaldo Trumpo (@PapiTrumpo) July 12, 2022
Imagine the regime media meltdown if a conservative called Hispanics "breakfast tacos" like Dr. Jill Biden did at the Latinx Luncheon today.— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) July 11, 2022
Jill Biden says Hispanics are as “unique” as tacos and calls bodegas “bogidas.”— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) July 11, 2022
No wonder Hispanics are fleeing the Democratic Party! pic.twitter.com/rhBB1pSNvZ
Others pointed out that she butchered the pronunciation of "bodega."
Once again, Dr. Jill Biden butchers the Spanish language in furtherance of pandering to a client constituency (the org FKA National Council of La Raza). I hereby bless your timelines with Dr. Jill's rendering of "bodega". pic.twitter.com/Z4FSXtlUMe— Jorge Bonilla (@BonillaJL) July 11, 2022