Jill Biden forced to apologise over ‘breakfast tacos’ remark
The remark was part of a speech in Texas to the Latino civil rights group UnidosUS.
She was paying tribute to Raul Yzaguirre, the former head of the organisation.
“Raul helped build this organisation 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,” Biden said.
She also mispronounced the word “bodega”, a word used to describe general stores which feature prominently in New York neighbourhoods.
Her remarks drew the ire of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, who posted a series of tweets about the speech.
“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 association said.
“We are not tacos.”
Meanwhile, Republican senator Marco Rubio posted a photo of a taco on Twitter with the caption “new profile pic”.
Later on, her spokesman Michael LaRosa issued an apology.
“The first lady apologises that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community,” LaRosa said.
The Democratic Party has long enjoyed the support of Latinos, who account for close to 20 per cent of the American population.
But the party saw a slump in support in the 2020 election, with many Latinos switching to Donald Trump.
Part of the grievances cited by Latino pundits was the perceived homogenisation of the broader ethnic group, which includes people from Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Colombian and many other backgrounds.
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