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Jill Biden flubs Spanish pronunciation during speech to California farmers

The phrase "Sí se puede" was first popularized by the late Latin American civil rights activist.César Chávez.

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Updated: April 1, 2021 - 4:49pm

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First lady Jill Biden flubbing the pronunciation of a Spanish term popularized by labor organizer César Chávez is resulting in some Twitter burn and comparisons to former first lady Melania Trump, who speaks five languages fluently.

The social media criticism and comparisons to Trump follow Biden appearing Wednesday at an event for farmworkers in Delano, Calif., alongside Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to celebrate César Chávez Day, which honors the late Latin American civil rights activist.

Borrowing a phrase from former President Obama, Biden attempted to say, "Yes we can. Sí se puede."

The Spanish version was first popularized by Chávez and his United Farm Workers, which they used as a motto in the 1970s.

Steve Cortes, a member of former President Trump's National Hispanic Advisory Council, tweeted after Biden's speech: " 'Si, se pwodway!' Can't get enough watches of the good Doctor's audition for the Veep sequel ..."

Melania Trump, in her younger days, was a famous model in demand across the world. Born in Slovenia, she worked across Europe for years before landing in New York.

With all the travel, Trump learned how to fluently speak English, French, German and Italian, in addition to Slovenia.



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