Hillary Clinton under fire for claiming to be like Latino voters’ grandmothers

"Stop hijacking my grandma/culture for votes."

 

Deron Dalton

Tech

Published Dec 23, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 11:15 am CDT

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is under fire for her attempt to target Spanish-speaking voters by claiming she’s like “your abuela,” or grandmother.

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On Monday, Clinton’s campaign published a listicle, “7 things Hillary Clinton has in common with your abuela,” which included traits like “She knows what’s best,” and “She reacts this way when people le faltan el respeto.”

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But Latino critics haven’t taken kindly to it, sparking the trending Twitter hashtag #NotMyAbuela.

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Many followers of the hashtag called out Clinton’s post as Hispandering or pandering to Hispanics, as Mashable put it. 

Critics also used the hashtag to explain how Clinton is nothing like their own abuelas, given their families’ struggles.

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Clinton’s post kicks off with a photo of her and former president Bill Clinton holding their granddaughter, Charlotte, and a subhead that reads “she isn’t afraid to talk about the importance of el respeto,” or respect.

As a candidate, Clinton does relatively well with Latino voters. She beat beat President Barack Obama 2-1 for Latino voters in the 2008 Democratic primary. She’s received endorsements from Latino public figures and celebrities like Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro and singers Ricky Martin and Marc Anthony.

She even used Anthony in her listicle by including a photo with him captioned “Everybody loves abuela—even this guy.”

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*First Published: Dec 23, 2015, 9:04 am CST