(Video: Fox News)
First lady Jill Biden got unexpected support from Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld amid all the hoopla over her telling Hispanics in San Antonio that they are as unique as “breakfast taco,” with the co-host of “The Five” saying Biden did not need to apologize for the remark.
Biden offered a rather brief apology Tuesday through her spokesperson, Michael LaRosa.
“The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community,” LaRosa tweeted.
The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community.
— Michael LaRosa (@MichaelLaRosa46) July 12, 2022
Co-host Dana Perino set up the segment by saying that the reaction would have been a lot harsher had a Republican made the comparison.
“I think part of the thing about this is when you want to be extended grace, karma, then you should be giving that to other people as well,” she explained. “And conservatives re-read everything that they are going to say or tweet or in a speech they are going to give because they know that the chances of them being canceled are about 110%. Even if they don’t mean it, even if it was just a misstatement, or even if it’s a clumsy attempt at a joke. Do you think that’s what happened?”
“Part of me says turnabout is fair play, right, but the big thing is playing to diversity is embarrassing no matter who does it,” Gutfeld replied. “And it’s worse when you have to apologize afterwards, Trump did not apologize over that taco salad, as funny as that was, him standing over the salad, but I think it — she has apologized.”
“I think it is terrible to compare people to food or even Mexican food, especially Dr. Biden, you know, she has a medical degree, she has status and prestige, I mean, she has the whole enchilada,” he continued, his trademark humor on display. “And if you look at her, she is still quite attractive. I bet in her day, she was one hot tamale. Unlike her husband, who is falling apart like a burrito you eat while driving.”
In effect, given today’s cancel culture, Gutfeld said enough is enough.
“I guess what I’m saying is, she should not apologize. She did not do anything wrong,” he insisted, “Whenever somebody says something out of their best intentions, just leave them alone. But I do get it. I do understand the desire to do it. But the media loves this stuff because if you don’t pander, you are a bigot, and if you do pander, you are a benign patronizing bigot. So they win either way.”
“Well, the interesting thing was that it did not just come from the right,” Perino interjected, speaking of the criticism leveled at Biden. “It’s unusual to go after a first lady unless you’re Melania Trump.”
Jesse Watters was somewhat supportive of the first lady, also.
“I think it is okay what she said, it’s just a matter of how she said it,” he said. “You don’t go to a Columbus Day event and say, you know, ‘You guys are like a bunch of meatballs.’”
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