Jill Biden is apparently planning to make an attempt to rehabilitate herself with Hispanic voters after her disastrous comparison between Latinos in Texas and “breakfast tacos.” With Democrats around the nation losing Latino voters to Republican candidates at a rapid pace, the party seems almost desperate to try anything in the run-up to the critical midterm elections in November.
Biden’s communications director Elizabeth Alexander confirmed with Fox News on Friday that the “first lady will host a Hispanic Heritage Month reception at the White House and continue to engage the community as she travels the country.” The date of the event has not been announced, but as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, it will certainly come before the midterms.
Jill Biden to host event for Hispanic Heritage Month after comparing Latinos to ‘breakfast tacos’ https://t.co/K5kFUVZ9Vx
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Jill Biden herself has not made any public comments about the event or any other direct statements about Latino voters since the 2022 UnidosUS Annual Conference in San Antonio earlier this year. That was the scene of her “breakfast tacos” gaffe.
At that event, Jill Biden said that the diversity of the Latino community is “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.”
Alexis Martinez Johnson was one of several Republican candidates in this year’s Congressional elections who immediately blasted Biden for the insensitive comment. “As a Hispanic woman who has a rich culture filled with ancestors who struggled against all manner of obstacles and poverty, it’s grossly offensive to compare my people to tacos,” Johnson said.
Johnson is running for the House seat representing New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District against incumbent Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-NM).
Jill Biden’s press secretary issued a statement apologizing to the Hispanic community at large on behalf of the first lady. The statement said that Biden was sorry if “her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community.”
Hispanic Heritage Month began on September 15, and several Democratic candidates have already made efforts to capitalize on the event to attract Latino voters. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) posted a tweet stating that her state is “home to vibrant Hispanic & Latin American communities.”
Cortez Masto is running against Republican Adam Laxalt in one of the eight Senate races rated as a tossup by RealClearPolitics. Laxalt currently holds a 1 percentage point lead in the composite poll average.