(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) First Lady Jill Biden is likely pinching some of her husband’s chemist-grade meds after the brutal blowback and roasting she received for comparing Hispanics and their community to breakfast tacos.
As the keynote speaker at a ““Latinx IncluXion Luncheon,” Biden broke out her best Kamala Cackles imitation, butchering the word “bodegas” as “boguhdahs” and proclaiming that the “diversity of this community” was “as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio.”
The uniquely crunchy-shelled Hispanic community, it’s safe to say, didn’t take Biden’s derisive quip as a compliment.
“We are not tacos,” admonished the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and encouraged Biden and “her communications team to take time to better understand the complexities of our people & communities.”
“Our heritage as Latinos is shaped by various diasporas, cultures & food traditions,” they tweeted. “Do not reduce us to stereotypes.”
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was a little more subtle, switching his Twitter profile picture as he saw appropriate.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 12, 2022
“I just want to clarify to @FLOTUS is that although I am a proud Cuban-American, I do NOT identify as a taco,” informed Mercedes Schlapp, former strategic comms director for the Trump administration.
Jill Biden may think that Hispanics are only as unique as tacos, but I actually found the perfect taco for her husband.
As you can see, it’s just a shell! pic.twitter.com/4Oo18YvPMR
— Irene Armendariz-Jackson For Congress (@ArmendarizDis16) July 12, 2022
After some semblance of clarity and coherence descended on Doc Jill’s comms team, a mea culpa was issued.
“The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community,” tweeted her press secretary, Michael LaRosa.
The apology was mocked nearly as ruthlessly as Biden’s original insult.
Breaking: Jill Biden apologizes for calling Latinos tacos, she meant to say tamales
— 𝕬𝖑𝖊𝖝 🇲🇽 (@r8dr4lfe75) July 12, 2022
While Jill Biden’s insult provided ample fodder for hilarity and partisan wit, its gross tone-deafness and racial implications leaked into a Democrat party trying to maintain its influence and credibility with Hispanic voters.
Rep. Mayra Flores, who pulled off a historic GOP upset in a deep-blue Texas congressional district, tied Biden’s racial slur to the treatment conservative Latinos receive from Democrats and the mainstream media.
As per CNN: I’m not the real deal
Maybe I’m not the right type of taco 😅 pic.twitter.com/ORfN9BKtrb
— Mayra Flores (@MayraFlores2022) July 12, 2022
Does Jill Biden realize that she referred to 20% of the US population as “breakfast tacos”?
I’ve really had enough of this stupidity. The only lasting tradition of the Democrat Party is racism.
— Desi Cuellar (@DesiJCuellar) July 12, 2022
“The last thing you want to do is get our community angry and they did that in more ways than they imagine,” she said.
“November is going to be tough for them.”
This probably didn’t help.
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) June 26, 2022