Democrat Rep. Ruben Gallego blasts his party for using gender-neutral term ...

Democrat Rep. Ruben Gallego blasts his party for using gender-neutral term ...
Democrat Rep. Ruben Gallego blasts his party for using gender-neutral term ...

A Democratic representative has blasted members of his own party for using the term 'Latinx' to describe people of Latin American descent.

Ruben Gallego, a representative from Arizona, tweeted his dismay with the term on Monday, after a poll was released showing just 2 percent of Latinos recognize the term 'Latinx' while 40 percent feel offended by it.

'To be clear, my office is not allowed to use "Latinx" in official communications,' wrote Gallego, who is of Columbian and Mexican descent.

'When Latino politicos use the term, it is largely to appease white rich progressives who think that is the term we use,' he continued. 'It is a vicious circle of confirmation bias.' 

The term was coined by left-wing academics and activists as a gender-neutral term to include non-binary people in the Spanish-speaking community. It has since spread among the general public, but has become controversial among the Spanish speaking community, who argue it does not follow the rules of the language.

'Look y'all,' Gallego wrote in a subsequent tweet. 'Hispanic, Latin American are gender neutral. So we already have gender-neutral terms to describe the Latino community. 

'Adding an X and creating a new word comes off as performative,' he added, saying: 'It will not lose you an election, but if your staff and consultants use Latinx in your mass communication, it likely means they don't understand the Latino community, and is indicative of deeper problems.'  

Ruben Gallego, a Democratic representative from Arizona, slammed members of his own party on Monday for using the term 'Latinx' to describe people of Latin American descent. He is pictured here speaking at a House Armed Services Committee hearing

Ruben Gallego, a Democratic representative from Arizona, slammed members of his own party on Monday for using the term 'Latinx' to describe people of Latin American descent. He is pictured here speaking at a House Armed Services Committee hearing

Gallego, who is of Columbian and Mexican descent, said the term Latinx is used 'performatively' by 'white rich progressives who think this is the term we use'

Gallego, who is of Columbian and Mexican descent, said the term Latinx is used 'performatively' by 'white rich progressives who think this is the term we use'

Gallego's tweets came in response to a new poll from Bendixen and Amandi International showing that only 2 percent of the 800 Hispanic voters it polled last month refer to themselves as Latinx, while 68 percent call themselves Hispanic, and 21 percent favored Latino or Latina to describe their ethnic backgrounds.

Additionally, 40 percent said the term bothers or offends them to some degree, and 30 percent said they are less likely to support a politician or organization that uses the term.

'The numbers suggest that using Latinx is a violation of the political Hippocratic Oath, which is to first do no electoral harm,' pollster Fernand Amandi, whose firm advised Barack Obama's successful outreach to Hispanic voters during his two presidential runs, told Politico.

'Why are we using a word that is preferred by only 2

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