Jill Biden apologizes after sensational remark about Latinos | Government and politics
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE – Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden apologized Tuesday for saying Latinos are “as unique” as San Antonio breakfast tacos during a speech to the largest Hispanic civil rights organization. and defense of rights.
“The first lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything other than pure admiration and love for the Latino community,” Jill Biden spokesperson Michael LaRosa tweeted.
The first lady flew to San Antonio on Monday to address the annual conference of UnidosUS, a Latin American civil rights and advocacy group formerly known as the National Council of La Raza. She also spoke at a Democratic Party fundraiser at a private home before returning to Washington.
But Biden’s attempted compliment failed when she described Latin American diversity “as distinct as the bodegas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the flowers of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio.” .
She also mispronounced “bodegas,” small stores in urban areas that typically specialize in Hispanic groceries.
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The National Association of Hispanic Journalists and others recorded their offense on social media, with the journalists’ organization tweeting that “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 area,” NAHJ said.
The association said the first lady and her speechwriters should “take the time in the future to better understand the complexities of our people and our communities.”
Hispanic voters generally favor Democrats, though patterns of support for the group vary widely in different parts of the United States, and Latino support for the Democratic presidential candidate has eased in 2020 compared to 2016, data shows. from the Pew Research Center.
Some Democrats have suggested the party isn’t working hard enough to maintain Hispanic support. In her speech, Jill Biden explained how President Joe Biden has responded to the community, including appointing Latinos to Cabinet and other high government positions and helping them get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Separately, last month, Republican Mayra Flores won a special congressional election in a generally Democratic area of South Texas. Now completing a term in the House expiring in January, Flores is a staunch Trump supporter and the first Mexican-born woman elected to Congress.
Jill Biden spent part of Tuesday showing Mexico’s First Lady Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller around the Library of Congress while Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador was at the White House meeting with President Biden .
Associated Press writer Will Weissert contributed to this report.
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