The Hill tweets GOP in hopes of ‘stealing’ Hispanic vote from Democrats, faces backlash on Twitter: ‘Racist trash’
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Following First Lady Jill Biden’s misguided “breakfast tacos” remark, The Hill suffered after a sadly worded tweet about Republican outreach to Hispanic voters on Thursday.
The news site ran an article titled “GOP Benefits from Growing Latino Outreach Success” detailing the midterm election campaign.
“Republicans are actively courting Hispanic voters in key competitive House districts, hoping to steer voters away from Democrats who repeat their historic pattern of investing little and late to reach out to Latinos,” it reads. in the article.
However, The Hill’s Twitter account promoted the story as GOP efforts to “steal Hispanic voters” from the Democratic Party.
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“The GOP sees a chance to steal Hispanic voters from the Democrats,” the tweet read.
The tweet quickly faced backlash from users calling it “racist” for portraying Hispanic votes as the property of Democrats.
NewsBusters editor Curtis Houck tweeted: “@TheHill spewing racist garbage, plain and simple.”
US editor Emmanuel Rincón wrote: “These people think that Latinos are the property of ‘Democrats’ and that if they vote Republican it’s because the GOP is ‘stealing’ their property. For Democrats, the Latinos are tacos, uniforms, without the ability to reason.Modern slavery.
“I was unaware that the Dems owned people,” tweeted reporter Leighton Woodhouse.
” “Steal” ? Do Democrats ‘own’ Hispanic voters?” conservative writer Ed Morissey tweeted.
Former North Carolina House candidate Fred Von Canon wrote, “Hispanic voters are not robbed. Hispanic votes are earned.”
The First Lady recently came under fire Monday for what many saw as complacency in speaking at a ‘Latinx IncluXion’ event. She was further embarrassed at the event when she seemed to compare Hispanic Americans to “breakfast tacos.”
“Raul has helped build this organization knowing that the diversity of this community, as distinct as the bodegas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the flowers of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio, is your strength.” , she said.
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Biden’s press secretary, Michael LaRosa, then tweeted his apology on Tuesday.
“The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything other than pure admiration and love for the Latino community,” LaRosa wrote.
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Twitter continued to criticize the apology for choosing to use the term “Latino” instead of “Latinx” following poor polls among Hispanics.