President Biden raised eyebrows Thursday in North Carolina with a bizarre statement in which he claimed that “Latinx” people are less likely to get vaccinated against the coronavirus because “they’re worried that they’ll be vaccinated and deported.”
Biden traveled to Raleigh as part of a a nationwide “month of action” campaign meant to boost vaccination rates before the July 4 holiday. However, the president’s exhortation for people to get the shot was overshadowed by his strange aside, in which he also confused the Tuskegee Airmen — the heroic African American pilots of World War II — with the victims of the infamous decades-long Tuskegee syphilis study.
“There’s a reason why it’s been harder to get African-Americans, initially, to get vaccinated,” Biden said. “Because they’re used to being experimented on – Tuskegee Airmen and others. People have memories. People have long memories.
“It’s awful hard, as well, to get Latinx vaccinated as well,” the president continued. “Why? They’re worried that they’ll be vaccinated and deported.”
Critics took issue with Biden’s use of the favored woke term “Latinx” as well as the implication that many Latinos are in the US illegally.
“Excuse me, @JoeBiden?” asked Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R-Fla.)