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Jill Biden slammed after calling Latinos ‘breakfast tacos’ — Analysis

First lady was criticized for comparing Hispanics with Mexican food

After stating that Latinos were kin to her, First Lady Jill Biden was criticised “breakfast tacos,”While conservative critics laughed at the comparison, a significant Hispanic activist group rejected the statement as an insulting stereotype.

Speaking during a yearly event for UnidosUS – the country’s largest Latino advocacy group – in Texas on Monday, Biden hailed the efforts of the organization’s president, Raul Yzaguirre, attempting to draw colorful metaphors to illustrate the diversity among Hispanics.

“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,”The first lady spoke, drawing faint laughter from the crowd.

While conservative opponents quickly took aim at the clip, some lambasting Biden’s botched pronunciation of “bodega”The National Association of Hispanic Journalists had a harsher critique of these convenience stores, which are small and often run by Latinos. “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,”The group stated in statementYou can also add “Our heritage as Latinos is shared by a variety of diasporas, cultures and food traditions, and should not be reduced to a stereotype.”

Christina Pushaw, who serves as press secretary for Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis, arguedIt would have been possible to create a “regime media meltdown”A conservative might have made similar remarks to Ted Cruz’s aide (R-Texas). asked whether any of Biden’s speechwriters had “won a bet for getting the first lady to say something like this.”

President Joe Biden’s approval ratings among Hispanics has taken a major hit in recent months, plummeting from 55% last year to just 26% in May, according to polling conducted by Quinnipiac University. It’s unclear what accounts for the falling figures, but progressive Democrats have slammed the administration’s border policies, including a Monday decision to extend legal protections for only some Venezuelan migrants who fled to the US from their home country.

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