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First lady Jill Biden issued a lame apology on Tuesday via Press Secretary Michael LaRosa for insulting Latinos comparing them to “breakfast tacos” at a conference titled “Latinx IncluXion Luncheon,” in San Antonio, Texas.
The First Lady flew to San Antonio on Monday to address the annual conference of UnidosUS, a Latino civil rights and advocacy group formerly known as the National Council of La Raza, in a speech.
Many considered Jill Biden’s original statement at the 2022 UnidosUS Annual Conference insulting and racist as she even butchered the word ‘bodega’, “Raul helped build this organization 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.”
LaRosa tweeted out the weak mea culpa by Biden a day after her misstep which mollified few, “The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community.”
The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community.
— Michael LaRosa (@MichaelLaRosa46) July 12, 2022
Many Twitter users found the seemingly sudden use of the non-PC term “Latino” curious to say the least:
LATINX YOU BIGOT https://t.co/3MLtTvlIK1
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 12, 2022
I thought it was LatinX?
Note that the First Lady is apologizing… through her publicist's Twitter account. https://t.co/V8YDoLs6Lw
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) July 12, 2022
She was at the LatinX Confrenx or whatever but the apology goes right back to "Latino." https://t.co/cYR8XiqZn8
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) July 12, 2022
I really need a White House style guide for when it's Latino and when it's Latinx. https://t.co/w6EILhQR9C
— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) July 12, 2022
Earlier Hispanic conservatives nailed Biden for the comments using “Latino” in their response. Perhaps, that had something to do with FLOTUS’ change of tune?
NAHJ encourages @FLOTUS & her communications team to take time to better understand the complexities of our people & communities.
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
— NAHJ (@NAHJ) July 12, 2022
“NAHJ encourages @FLOTUS & her communications team to take time to better understand the complexities of our people & communities. We are not tacos. Our heritage as Latinos is shaped by various diasporas, cultures & food traditions. Do not reduce us to stereotypes,” the organization tweeted.
Needless to say, Biden’s second-hand ‘apology’ did little to quell the ridicule that continued to pour in on “Taco Tuesday.”
Florida Senator Marco Rubio responded by changing his Twitter profile picture to an image of a taco, simply tweeting, “#NewProfilePic.”
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 12, 2022
And the hits kept coming:
. #Tacogate has begun. @MayraFlores2022 @CasandraLGarcia @monica4congress @CatalinaLauf pic.twitter.com/GFSa7xMNU1
— Anna Paulina Luna (@VoteAPL) July 12, 2022
Happy #TacoTuesday, y’all! 🌮 pic.twitter.com/zcwDUjXUdo
— Cassy Garcia for Congress (@CasandraLGarcia) July 12, 2022
Jill Biden just said the quiet part out loud.
Democrats think Hispanics are “unique” as tacos.
I guess being called a taco is better than “Latinx.” https://t.co/opF42LfKpd
— Carolina Amesty (@carolina_amesty) July 12, 2022
“I’m sorry Michael that they had you tweet this out today,” Steve Guest, who is the communications adviser for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted.
I’m sorry Michael that they had you tweet this out today.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) July 12, 2022
“Don’t you mean Latinx?????” Abigail Marone, who is Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley’s press secretary, snarked.
Don’t you mean Latinx?????
— Abigail Marone 🇺🇸 (@abigailmarone) July 12, 2022
And the hits just kept on coming on Taco Tuesday:
Why not Latinx???
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) July 12, 2022
Taco Tuesday! https://t.co/wXXSXfT89G
— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) July 12, 2022
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) July 12, 2022
Why didn’t she tweet it herself? https://t.co/L571alnPYJ
— Jack Posovic 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 12, 2022
if the First Lady is truly sorry, she would
taco bout it https://t.co/gByupTS2p4
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) July 12, 2022
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