First lady Jill Biden set off a firestorm of criticism on Monday at an event sponsored by a left-wing Hispanic organization after she appeared to reduce the influence of Latinos on America to food.
She claimed that the Hispanic community is “as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio” while speaking at Latinx IncluXion Luncheon on Monday — a comment that earned her widespread condemnation and allegations of racism.
In addition, the first lady was also ripped for attending an event that featured an ‘x’ in the word ‘Latin,’ signifying a gender other than male and female, which the vast majority of Hispanics do not identify with.
Finally, she 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,” Biden said, speaking about UnidosUS founder Raul Yzaguirre.
At a "Latinx IncluXion" conference, Jill Biden says the Hispanic community is as "unique" as tacos.pic.twitter.com/Vb5wJyYGWB
— RNC Latinos (@RNCLatinos) July 11, 2022
The pushback was stiff and immediate.
“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,’” Jorge Bonilla of the Media Research Center said.
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
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) also blasted Biden.
“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 said.
The statement also called out Biden’s speechwriters for not understanding “the complexities” of the local San Antonio Hispanic community.
“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.”
“We are not tacos,” NAHJ continued. “Our heritage as Latinos is shaped by a variety of diasporas, cultures and food traditions, and should not be reduced to a stereotype.”
Others blasted Biden as well.
“Imagine the regime media meltdown if a conservative called Hispanics ‘breakfast tacos’ like Dr. Jill Biden did at the Latinx Luncheon today. Democringe,” Christina Pushaw, the communications director for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), said.
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
“Liberal privilege is Jill Biden telling a group of hispanic people that they’re “as diverse as breakfast tacos” and not being canceled for it,” comedian and Washington Times columnist Tim Young said.
“From the same family that brought you, ‘I don’t want my kids growing up in a ‘racial jungle’ …and ‘You can’t go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent’ …comes today’s hot new racist hit, ‘Hispanics are as diverse as breakfast tacos,” he added.
“The president was asked about his son arguing with a hooker over how much crack he had after he incorrectly placed a mass shooting 100 years in the past as his wife giggled to herself celebrating the Hispanic contribution of breakfast tacos and the media will still shout ‘TRUMP!’” Chad Felix Greene said.
“If Jill Biden is going to compare Hispanic Americans to breakfast tacos then she could at least use more inclusive language: It’s ‘TacX,’ Jill,” Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) quipped.