Florida Republican National Hispanic Assembly Baffled By Jill Biden ‘Breakfast Tacos’ Comment

July 12, 2022 Updated 2:23 PM ET

U.S. First Lady Jill Biden (Marc Nozell).
U.S. First Lady Jill Biden (Marc Nozell).

July 12, 2022 Updated 2:23 P.M. ET

DELTONA (FLV) – The chairman of the Florida Republican National Hispanic Assembly said U.S. First Lady Jill Biden’s comment comparing Hispanics to breakfast tacos is “racist.”

“She should issue the Hispanic American community a public apology. Because she literally stereotyped a whole group of people,” Chairman Santiago Avila said.

Biden said Monday the Hispanic community was as “unique” to “breakfast tacos” during a speech in San Antonio, Texas.

“Raul helped build this organization 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,” Biden said. 

Biden spoke at the 2022 UnidosUS Annual Conference.

“Maybe she didn’t see it that way, but it was a pretty racist comment,” Avila said. “There’s so much more about Hispanics in Texas than just tacos. The logic on why she would say I just baffles me.”

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio changed his profile picture to a taco after the comments. Rubio is a Cuban American originally from Miami, Florida.

“#NewProfilePic,” the senator Tweeted late Monday.

Biden drew criticism from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

“NAHJ encourages @FLOTUS & her communications team to take time to better understand the complexities of our people & communities,” they said.

Jill Biden Spokesperson Michael LaRosa tweeted an apology Tuesday. 

“The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community,” the tweet read.

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