ABC’s “The View” hosts slammed First Lady Jill Biden after Jill said the Hispanic Community was “unique” as “breakfast tacos” during a speech.
“You think somebody might have read the speech beforehand and said ‘maybe you don’t want to say it like this,’ but this is, you know I won’t even say what it is, because, you know, we all step in poo from time to time, and so this happens. But this was really, you can hear the people going – what is she saying?” Whoopi Goldberg said.
Co-host Sunny Hostin said: “It was a racial stereotype. She used racial stereotypes. So I don’t know who wrote that for her but, it was such an unforced error.
“56% of Hispanic Americans identify as Democrats, whereas only 26% of Hispanic Americans identify as Republicans, so she was sort of preaching to the choir.”
Goldberg then gave Jill Biden some advice:
“I don’t know if we all have stepped in it, I know I have stepped in it, so Dr. Jill, just you know, hear the humor, we get it, we understood what you were trying to do and just try not to do it again.”
JILL BIDEN CRITICIZED FOR INSENSITIVE SPEECH TO LATINOS: First lady Jill Biden has apologized after making some analogies during a speech to a Latino civil rights and advocacy group in San Antonio, Texas on Monday — #TheView panel reacts. https://t.co/P6L2E9EuXp pic.twitter.com/pvjg9YiRV1— The View (@TheView) July 12, 2022
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) said:
“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 a variety of diasporas, cultures and food traditions, and should not be reduced to a stereotype.”
Michael LaRosa, Press Secretary to the First Lady and Special Assistant to the President said:
“The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community.”
But many were wondering why Jill did not apologize herself, or at least from her own social media accounts.
“Raul helped build this organization with the understanding that the diversity of this community, as distinct as the bogedas of The Bronx, as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio.”
The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community.— Michael LaRosa (@MichaelLaRosa46) July 12, 2022
NAHJ encourages @FLOTUS & her communications team to take time to better understand the complexities of our people & communities.— NAHJ (@NAHJ) July 12, 2022
We are not tacos.
Our heritage as Latinos is shaped by various diasporas, cultures & food traditions.
Do not reduce us to stereotypes. pic.twitter.com/KQIq5gwsht