Jill Biden kind of apologizes for comparing Latino community to breakfast tacos
San Antonio, Texas - First lady Jill Biden responded after copping criticism for comparing a Latino community to breakfast tacos during a speech on Monday.
While addressing the crowd at the 2022 UnidosUS Annual Conference, Biden honored the organization's president, Raul Yzaguirre, in a bizarre way.
"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," she said.
Her comments were immediately met with backlash and ridicule, with many arguing they were racially insensitive and built on stereotypes. She also noticeably mispronounced the word bodega as "bogedas."
Press secretary Michael LaRosa tweeted an apology of sorts for Biden, stating "The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community."
The flubs couldn't have come at a worse time, as the Democratic Party continues to struggle with Hispanic voters in key areas across the country.
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists responded by urging Jill Biden and her team to "take time to better understand the complexities of our people & communities."
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