The tweet was linked to an article by the publication that analyzed the ways in which Republican engagement with Hispanic voters has resulted in success. The article read:
Republicans are actively wooing Hispanic voters in crucial contests in House districts, with the aim of helping disengage those who support Democrats following their past practice of investing only a very little and putting off outreach to Latinos.
“Hispanic voters are likely to play a key role in at least a dozen districts in the November midterm elections.”
Although the article dealt with the subject without too much controversy, It was the tweet that promoted the article that caused a stir.
“GOP sees chance to steal Hispanic voters from Democrats,” the tweet read.
The tweet's critics said “steal” was a term that made it seem as if Hispanic voters were the property of Democrats to be used for votes, not those who should be served.
The tweet follows first lady Jill Biden’s comments this week that ruined Democrat-Hispanic relations by comparing these voters to “tacos” while speaking at the Latinx IncluXion Luncheon on Monday.
Biden said, speaking about UnidosUS founder Raul Yzaguirre:
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—is your strength. Biden said in reference to UnidosUS founder Raul Yzaguirre.
The reaction to Biden's remarks came quickly, with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) giving a strong statement condemning Biden's remarks as racist.
“NAHJ encourages Dr. Biden and her speech writing team to take the time in the future to better understand the complexities of our people and communities,” stated the group.
“We are not tacos,” NAHJ continued. “Our heritage as latinos is shaped by a variety of diasporas, cultures and food traditions, and should not be reduced to a stereotype.”
A spokesperson of the first lady later claimed Jill Biden “apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community.”