Presidential hopeful Joe Biden walked onto the stage at an event for Hispanic voters in Florida on Tuesday and pulled out his phone to play “Despacito” through the phone’s speakers before beginning his speech.
The bizarre moment immediately lit the internet on fire, and Donald Trump jumped in on the fun by re-tweeting an edited version in which “Despacito” is replaced by “F*** the Police” by NWA.
Biden has been soft on rioters and anti-police demonstrators that have wracked the nation for months, at times condemning violence while still supporting activists that have demonized law enforcement officers and called for the defunding or abolition of the police.
(Warning: Strong language)
What is this all about? https://t.co/AAmBGgHhyR
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2020
Of course, the tech overlords immediately flagged the edited clip as “manipulated media” — and many Democrats attacked the clip as “election interference,” clearly missing the joke.
The original clip struck a nerve with voters and invoked 2016’s failed Democrat hopeful Hillary Clinton’s infamous hot sauce debacle in which she claimed to carry around hot sauce in her purse at all times in an apparent attempt to pander to black voters.
Woke up thinking I hallucinated Joe Biden playing Despacito off his phone because there’s no way he did something so stupid but no the commander and chief of inappropriate hair/neck sniffing really played a song with lyrics that say “I want to breathe your neck slowly”. 😬 pic.twitter.com/ZeaocGV2zW
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) September 16, 2020
Joe Biden was forced to emerge from his basement to travel to Florida to attempt to galvanize Hispanic voters to turn out for Democrats as Donald Trump gains ground in the critical swing state.
However, Biden’s uncomfortable attempt to relate to Hispanic attendees fell flat and simply provided more fodder for the Trump campaign’s attacks on Biden’s failing mental acuity.