This is, hands down, the wackiest and the weirdest Biden campaign moment yet – and that’s saying a lot. The man waves at empty campaign events.
- Biden played the rap song Despacito by Puerto Rican-American singer Luis Fonsi as he took the stage at a Hispanic campaign event in Florida
- President Trump then shared an edited video which appeared to show Biden playing ‘F*** the Police’ instead saying ‘What is this all about?’ and shared it again Wednesday
- Twitter flagged the video as ‘manipulated media’ but did not remove it while the pro-Trump meme account which made it called the president ‘our hero’
- Trump has accused Biden repeatedly of backing defunding the police, which the Democrat says he does not
An NBC-Marist poll released last week found Latinos in the state were evenly divided between Biden and Trump
Imagine how desperate you have to be to play ‘Despacito’ in attempt to win the Hispanic vote. 🤣
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) September 16, 2020
China is drooling. They can’t believe this! https://t.co/AAmBGgHhyR
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2020
The #Despacito bit suggests desperation. #Biden is failing w/Hispanics bc he has no decent economic policies.#Latinos KNOW how bad #Cuba, #Venezuela are. playing a song on your phone isn’t going to change that.
Btw. “Despacito” means SLOWLY in Spanish. Not a bright move.🤔
— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) September 16, 2020
The event was meant to commemorate the Hispanic Heritage Month. The Democratic candidate was the last speaker to take the podium, following several supporters including Eva Longoria, Ricky Martin and Luis Fonsi.
However, when Biden approached the podium, he paused and reached for his phone in his pocket.
“I just have one thing to say,” Biden began as he looked down at his phone. “Hang on here.”
He then held his phone to the microphone, which began playing the 2017 hit song “Despacito” from Fonsi, who had introduced the candidate. After roughly 15 seconds of bobbing his head and gently dancing behind the podium, he paused the music.
“I’ll tell you what — if I had the talent of any one of these people, I’d be elected president by acclamation,” Biden chuckled.
Critics piled on the former VP over the “cringe” moment.
“Oh my,” CBS News correspondent Ed O’Keefe reacted.
“Does @JoeBiden realize that Despacito means ‘slowly’? Fits well with Slow Joe,” Trump campaign senior adviser Mercedes Schlapp quipped.
“This is so unbelievably cringe,” tweeted Erielle Davidson, a senior policy analyst at the Jewish Institute for National Security of America.
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