Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden turned to music to try to connect with Hispanic voters in the must-win state of Florida, before an interview with Telemundo in which he promised amnesty to immigrants in the country illegally.
During a rare, in-person campaign event in Kissimmee, Florida, Tuesday evening, the former vice president played the reggaeton hit song “Despacito” from his cellphone upon taking the stage as the night’s keynote speaker.
The moment happened when Biden was introduced by Luis Fonsi, one of the artists behind the hit song.
“‘Despacito’ proved to me that in this country, we will never be defined by our differences,” Fonsi said during his remarks before inviting Biden to join him on stage.
“Joe will always be there for Puerto Rico. He will never abandon us in times of need,” the musician added.
“I just have one thing to say, hang on here,” Biden said as he reached for his phone in his pocket.
“There you go, dance a little bit, Joe, come on,” Fonsi joked as Biden moved his head some more.
“I’ll tell you what — if I had the talent of any one of these people, I’d be elected president by acclamation,” Biden remarked before beginning his speech.
Video of Biden bobbing his head to the music went viral, and President Trump was one of the first to get in on the action Wednesday morning.
The commander-in-chief retweeted a dubbed video of Biden playing NWA’s “F— Tha Police” while on stage in the battleground state.
“What is this all about?” the commander-in-chief wrote above the clip which replaced the 2017 Latin pop song with the 1988 anti-police hit single.
The clip features an uncensored version of the song, and the lines included in the clip use the n-word as well as the line “police think they have the authority to kill a minority.”
The video, which was hit with a “manipulated” label on the social media platform shortly after the commander-in-chief posted it, was part of a regular line of attack for the president.
Hours after the first retweet, Trump shared the video again, this time with the caption, “China is drooling. They can’t believe this!”
The Trump campaign also chimed in with a meme, a montage of Biden smelling women’s hair with ‘Despacito’ playing in the background and the lyrics translated on screen saying, “I want to slowly breathe on your neck … Let me whisper in your ear.” The video was then spliced with clips of Biden’s accusers of harassment describing the incidents.
Five women have come forward over the course of his campaign alleging Biden touched them inappropriately.
In April 2019, during the heated Democratic primary, Biden acknowledged the allegations, promising to be “more mindful,” following public pressure.
“Social norms have begun to change, they’ve shifted and the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset,” he said in a pre-recorded clip released at the time. “I get it.
Speaking to Telemundo while in Florida later that day, Biden was asked about his trailing support among Latinos.
Specifically, the former vice president was asked to comment on the recent polling that found him four points behind President Trump with Hispanic voters in the Sunshine State.
“That’s not true, I didn’t see that in the Marist poll. What poll are you talking about?” Biden responded.
After being told of the poll, conducted by NBC News and Marist College and released last Tuesday, Biden replied, “That’s the only poll that showed that, did you see the Monmouth poll today?”
Monmouth’s poll, also released last Tuesday, showed Biden dominating the commander-in-chief with Latinos in the state, carrying 58 percent support to Trump’s 32 percent.
Asked by the network why he thought he was struggling with Hispanic support — despite the Monmouth poll — Biden argued that the NBC News/Marist findings weren’t accurate.
“I don’t believe it,” he said. “Look, I’m going to work hard for every vote here, and nationwide we’ve been leading with the Hispanic-Latino vote over Trump across the country.”
Biden also touched on what he called a “total immigration bill,” which he said would “provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people in the United States of America.”
It is not clear if he meant to refer to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which covered individuals who have been in the United States since they were children because they were brought into the country illegally by their parents.
Biden and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have publicly pledged to make immigration reform Democrats’ first order of business.
After the Supreme Court blocked the White House from ending DACA last month, Biden committed to sending a bill to Congress “on day one” of his administration making the program permanent.
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