Any time the First Lady or the President is addressing Americans, they need to choose their words carefully. This is why they have multiple speech writers with incredibly strong vocabularies, and they are paid very accordingly. While President Trump often went a touch off script, his message was consistent and strong. President Biden, on the other hand, makes increasingly inflammatory and contradictory messages.
Now his wife, First Lady Jill Biden is making the same mistake. While attending the conference “Siempre Adelante: Our Quest for Equity” she was given the platform to make a speech to the largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. With President Biden meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the White House on July 12th, she didn’t give him a great starting point for any kind of productive discussions with this speech.
During her time on stage, she was mostly there to heap praise on UnidosUS former president Raul Yzaguirre. Last week, President Biden also showered him with praise as he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest honor for a civilian. While trying to be creative (liberal codeword for offensive) with her wording, she decided to play into the stereotypes of Latinos in the U.S.
“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.”
In a single statement, she committed three major mistakes. First, she diluted the numerous Latino cultures here in the U.S. to three single stereotypical cities. Secondly, she butchered the pronunciation of “bodegas” to the point where audible groans were heard in the crowd. Finally, she chose breakfast tacos of all things to equate to the Latinos of San Antonio. While some small cheers and laughs were heard in the crowd, they were mostly from her team. Trying to laugh it off, she just kept rambling on.
Outrage from the Latino community was almost instantaneous, and predictably they were incredibly upset to be reduced to such stereotypes.
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists responded to her comments almost instantaneously. “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 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. Our heritage as Latinos is shaped by various diasporas, cultures & food traditions. Do not reduce us to stereotypes.”
Meanwhile, others like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) chose to change his Twitter profile picture to one of a taco. Fellow Floridian Anna Paulina Luna, who is running for Congress, made a statement referring to herself as a Taco Bell Doritos Locos taco. Making the jump to call themselves the stereotypes that Jill Biden referred to them as is a great way to take the venom out of her idiotic statement.
Janet Murguía, president and CEO of UnidosUS, has thus far refused to issue a comment on the divisive remarks. Given the relationship her organization has with the White House and the President, it isn’t too surprising that they have chosen to clam up and not make more of this.
The decision to remain silent is sure to lose some followers in their community. As it is, the Biden administration has been tanking with the Latino communities as of late. Their combined ignorance on interacting with the community and helping to create the change he promised on the campaign trail is sinking his popularity faster than a failed inspection kills a restaurant. Then again, he isn’t winning over anyone who isn’t already poisoned by the left-wing tea past the point of no return anyway.