Congresswoman Rep. Mayra Flores (R-TX) took a jab at CNN for an op-ed posted by Raul A. Reyes entitled These GOP Latina Candidates Are Not the ‘Real Deal.’ Reyes argues that “the rise of Flores, De La Cruz, and Garcia deserves to be seen in context. While these Latinas may be having a moment in the spotlight, they hold views outside the Latino mainstream. Their current prominence is more of a publicity coup for the GOP than an authentic reflection of Latino voters.”
Flores shared a screenshot of the article on Twitter, using First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s recent taco gaffe to send it up.
“Maybe I’m not the right type of taco,” Flores tweeted.
As per CNN: I'm not the real deal
Maybe I'm not the right type of taco 😅 pic.twitter.com/ORfN9BKtrb
— Mayra Flores (@MayraFlores2022) July 12, 2022
While speaking at a Latinx Luncheon on Monday, the FLOTUS said “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.”
The Hispanic community did not like being compared to tacos.
Jill Biden just said Hispanics are as “unique” as tacos.
This isn’t Veep. Which White House speechwriter just won a bet for getting the First Lady to say something like this?pic.twitter.com/DXfJgYz0g5
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) July 11, 2022
“NAHJ [The National Association of Hispanic Journalists] encourages @FLOTUS & her communications team to take time to better understand the complexities of our people & communities. We are not tacos. Our heritage as Latinos is shaped by various diasporas, cultures & food traditions,” the group said in a tweet.
NAHJ encourages @FLOTUS & her communications team to take time to better understand the complexities of our people & communities.
We are not tacos.
Our heritage as Latinos is shaped by various diasporas, cultures & food traditions.
Do not reduce us to stereotypes. pic.twitter.com/KQIq5gwsht
— NAHJ (@NAHJ) July 12, 2022
Reyes can try to argue that Flores is not the real deal —but her big win in a historically blue district says otherwise. She ran on “God, Country, and Family” —that’s why liberals can’t understand her success.
More from Fox News:
Last week, Flores hit back at a New York Times article referring to her as a “far-right Latina,” saying the newspaper “knows nothing about me or our culture.”
The Times article focused on Flores and the two other Texas Latina GOP candidates’ faith, pro-life views, support for stronger border security and former President Trump, seemingly referring to them as views the “far-right” “extreme” shares.
“I am proud of my culture and my beautiful family,” Flores told Fox News Digital in a text. “I was born in Burgos, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and raised with strong Conservative values to always put God and Family first. I have received only hate from the liberal media and constantly [been] told by the left to go back to Mexico. They don’t support us immigrants, they only use us for political power and don’t care about our well-being. I am here now and I won’t allow them to continue taking advantage of my people.”
Continue reading over at Fox News:
Mayra Flores mocks CNN column for saying she's not a 'real deal' Latina https://t.co/Q5bNvRZp6c
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 12, 2022