Always a heartbeat away from committing a mortifying gaffe, President Joe Biden stepped in it once again last week when he made the assertion that “Latinx” vaccination rates against COVID-19 remain low because “they’re worried that they’ll be vaccinated and deported,” a claim that one commentator said shows that he is “as racist as it gets,” according to the New York Post.
Speaking about “equity” in relation to coronavirus vaccination efforts in North Carolina on Thursday, Biden lamented the comparatively low number of shots in arms among the population he described by using the much-maligned, yet utterly woke term “Latinx” to describe those of Hispanic or Latino heritage, according to Fox News.
“It’s awful hard as well to get Latinx vaccinated,” mused Biden, adding, “Why? They’re worried they’ll be vaccinated and deported,” in what seemed to be a floundering attempt to link public health with a need to relax immigration enforcement efforts.
BIDEN: “It’s awful hard as well to get Latinx vaccinated… Why? They’re worried they’ll be vaccinated and deported.” pic.twitter.com/gt2mcuAGB2
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 24, 2021
Not only were commentators outraged by Biden’s apparent assumption that every Latino in the country must be here illegally, many were also irritated by his use of the hyper-woke term, “Latinx” to describe them, a moniker that, according to data compiled by Pew Research, more than 90% of those presumably included in that category actually disfavor.
Biden’s remarks prompted California GOP congressional hopeful Buzz Patterson to put it plainly, saying in a tweet, “I’m telling you, he’s the biggest racist in the country.”
Another Twitter user echoed that sentiment, arguing, “Joe Biden claiming Latinos don’t want to get vaccinated because they’re worried about getting deported is about as racist as it gets. Par for the course for old racist Joe Biden.”
Media strategist Giancarlo Sopo pointed to the bigger problem for the left typified by Biden’s comments, asserting, “Joe Biden’s comments explain why Democrats lost so much ground with Hispanics. He thinks most Latinos are here illegally. We are not. He thinks Hispanics like being called ‘Latinx.’ We hate it; I can’t imagine a scenario where it’s ok to impose an unpopular label on minorities.”
According to Michele Perez Exner, a communications staffer for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Biden’s assertion is indeed “a snapshot into why Democrats will continue to lose the Hispanic vote.” With any luck, this prediction will be proven correct in the midterm elections next year as well as in 2024.