Jill Biden compares Hispanics to ‘breakfast tacos’ in speech

First lady Jill Biden speaks as she tours a health facility Friday, July 1, 2022, in Richmond, Va. Biden was promoting COVID-19 vaccines for small children (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

First Lady Jill Biden is facing intense backlash for a remark she made about Hispanic Americans Fox News reported. 

Biden was speaking Monday at the 2022 UnidosUS Annual Conference titled “Siempre Adelante: Our Quest for Equity” when she boasted about the “diversity” of the Hispanic community nationwide. 

Biden was the featured speaker at the event’s “LatinX IncluXion Luncheon” sponsored by Amazon, Google, Marriott, UPS, and Wells Fargo.

“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,” Biden said before a brief chuckle. 

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists condemned the First Lady, saying, “Using breakfast tacos to try to demonstrate the uniqueness of Latinos demonstrates a lack of cultural knowledge and sensitivity to the diversity of Latinos. We are not tacos.” 

The group added, “Our heritage as Latinos is shaped by a variety of diasporas, cultures and food traditions, and should not be reduced to a stereotype.” 

Republican senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz mocked the line.

Rubio changed his profile picture on Twitter to an image of a taco, and Cruz said he was a “chorizo, egg and cheese” in quote-tweeting a video of the statement.

Following the luncheon, the First Lady spoke at a fundraising event for the Democratic National Committee.

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, the first lady apologized for “words that conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community,” according to the Associated Press.