First Lady Jill Biden has apologized after her comments at a “Latinx Luncheon” that compared Hispanics to “breakfast tacos.”
Biden’s press secretary Michael LaRosa tweeted “The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community,” after she faced backlash for the comments.
The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community.
— Michael LaRosa (@MichaelLaRosa46) July 12, 2022
The luncheon was a part of the Latino nonprofit advocacy group UnidosUS’s 2022 conference, which provides “the opportunity to learn about and collaborate on issues ranging from housing to health, racial equity to education, diversity, and inclusion to owning our narrative as a community,” the event’s website reads.
First Lady Biden’s speech focused on diversity within the Hispanic community, and included a line in her speech that compared Hispanic diversity with “the bogedas [sic] of the Bronx, as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio.” San Antonio is, in fact, known for its breakfast tacos.
Despite the best effort of Democrats, Latino voters have rejected the use of “Latinx,” with one poll finding that only 2 percent of Hispanics used the term, while 40 percent said that the term bothers them, and 30 percent said that they would be more hesitant to support a politician who uses the term.
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