First Lady Jill Biden once again butchered the Spanish language during an event, while also managing to offend the Hispanic community by asserting that they are “as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio.”
During a speech at the Latinx IncluXion Luncheon in San Antonio on Monday, which was part of the three-day UnidosUS annual conference that started on Saturday, Biden once again showed that speaking a second language requires practice before using it in public.
“Raul helped build this organization with the understanding that the diversity of this community – as distinct as the bogidas [sic] 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, referring to civil rights activist Raul Yzaguirre, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday.
Based on a glance at Biden’s prepared remarks released by the White House, she apparently meant to say the word “bodega,” which refers to a small corner store or grocery store, especially in a Spanish-speaking neighborhood.
The first lady’s butchering of the Spanish language quickly went viral on social media.
“Once again, Dr. Jill Biden butchers the Spanish language in furtherance of pandering to a client constituency (the org FKA National Council of La Raza),” Jorge Bonilla, director of the Media Resource Center, wrote in a tweet. “I hereby bless your timelines with Dr. Jill’s rendering of ‘bodega.’”
Once again, Dr. Jill Biden butchers the Spanish language in furtherance of pandering to a client constituency (the org FKA National Council of La Raza). I hereby bless your timelines with Dr. Jill's rendering of "bodega". pic.twitter.com/Z4FSXtlUMe
— Jorge Bonilla (@BonillaJL) July 11, 2022
Casandra Garcia, Republican candidate for Texas’s densely Hispanic 28th District, responded to the first lady’s speech in a tweet, thanking her “for clarifying that Democrats think Hispanics are ‘unique’ like tacos.”
Thank you Dr. Jill Biden, Ed.D. for clarifying that Democrats think Hispanics are “unique” like tacos.
However, I think you’re confused. We Texans love our bodegas.
Bowguhdahs must be where Joe’s Latinx puppet Henry Cuellar shops. https://t.co/VM68QqZTqq
— Cassy Garcia for Congress (@CasandraLGarcia) July 11, 2022
“Maybe if we rebrand the Southern Border as SouXern BorderX, Joe Biden will finally visit?” Garcia asked in another tweet.
Garcia’s follow-up tweet was likely referring to the fact that the event’s name was the “Latinx IncluXion” luncheon. The woke term “Latinx” is purposely genderless, despite the fact that gender is crucial to the Spanish language, and ignorant of the fact that polls have repeatedly shown that America’s Hispanic community rejects the woke word in favor of the masculine “Latino” or the term “Hispanic.”
An ICR-Miami for Americano Media poll from March indicated that just 1.7% of the Hispanic population in the U.S. uses the term “Latinx,” while 60% prefer to describe themselves as “Hispanic” and 30 percent use the word “Latino.”
Newly elected-Rep. Mayra Flores (R-TX), who recently flipped a historically blue seat red in a special election in the deeply Hispanic 34th District in Texas, appeared to predict the first lady’s butchered pronunciation ahead of time.
The Texas Republican tweeted a gif of a previous gaffe from Biden during “a pop-up vaccination site for farmworkers” in California in March 2021, where the first lady mispronounced what seemed to be “si se puede.”
— Mayra Flores (@MayraFlores2022) July 11, 2022
Watch that hilariously cringey gaffe below:
It’s “Si se puede” (Yes you/we can) not “Si se pwadueh” 🤦🏻♀️
I can’t even imagine what word she was trying to say. Seriously why even try pandering if you’re going to butcher it and not practice before?! https://t.co/yKluZVSP6w
— Joanna Rodriguez (@joannamrod) April 1, 2021