Politicians are always trying to seem cool and relatable. Sometimes they hang out with Katy Perry or try to sing along to Kendrick Lamar to prove how cool they are. Hillary Clinton is facing major backlash for trying to garner love from the Hispanic community (or “Hispandering”) by comparing herself to an abuela, or grandmother in Spanish.
Hillary’s camp published an article called “7 things Hillary Clinton has in common with your abuela," with insightful points like: “She isn’t afraid to talk about the importance of el respeto (especially when it comes to women) …” and “She reads to you before bedtime …
“ as well as a photo of Hillary hugging singer Marc Anthony.
Twitter wasn’t having it. #NotMyAbuela was trending for several hours with real Latina women telling Hillary how not like their abuelas she really is. They brought up issues of race, socioeconomic disparity and lack of privilege. “Hilary is #NotMiAbuela #NotMyAbuela because I was separated by mine by many miles, and a militarized border,” said one woman. Another added, “Mi abuela was a woman of color, spoke only spanish, and faced racism&sexism. @HillaryClinton is #NotMyAbuela and needs to stop hispandering.”