Former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden raised some eyebrows when he debuted his speech to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month by playing a popular Spanish-language song, “Despacito,” on his cellphone on Tuesday, after his campaign admitted that he has some “work to do” with Latino voters. I don’t think they know what “work to do” means.
The music has in the lyrics, “Slowly” and “I want to breathe your neck slowly,” leaving social media users to making fun of its usage.
We know we have work to do and we have said from the beginning and Vice President Biden has been very clear about this — as has Sen. (Kamala) Harris — and we’re really working to earn every single vote in this country and we want to earn the votes of the Latino and Hispanic community and so we’re doing the work.
The outlet pointed out a separate story over the weekend that Biden is “struggling to gain support of Latinos in the key battleground state of Florida.” Gee, I wonder why? Could it be that after he agreed to Bernie Sanders’ and AOC’s brand of socialism, the Hispanics from Cuba, Venezuela, and other socialist nightmares don’t want anything to do with him? Is his campaign so out of touch that they really believe the American people would overwhelmingly support socialism in the United States?
So, on Tuesday, prior to a speech geared toward Hispanic voters in Kissimmee, Florida, Biden pulled out his cellphone to play “Despacito,” a 2017 hit song by artist Luis Fonsi, who spoke ahead of him at a campaign stop to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month.
“I just have one thing to say. Hang on, here,” Biden said after he made is way to the lectern. Then, he began to play “Despacito” while bobbing his head to the beat.
So help me, God, it’s like watching a picture of an train wreck in slow-motion.
Laughing, he added, “I tell ya what, if I had the talent of any one of these people I’d be elected president by acclimation.”
The Washington Examiner took to social media to share the moment with the world.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 16, 2020
What a train wreck! Seriously, who does he have working for the campaign? Are they all so out of touch with the world that they would play such a thing to an audience during a speech that was prepared for gaining Hispanic votes? What on Lucifer’s black beach were they thinking? It’s almost as if the Biden campaign is following a formula of events they believe he has to do to win over voters. However, how he executes each step doesn’t matter, so long as they can check it off the list as being done.
Biden was mocked by Twitter users over this sad display.
“Who in the Biden campaign thought this was a good idea?” one tweeted.
Who in the Biden campaign thought this was a good idea? 🤦🏾♂️
— Nick Fad🇺🇸 (@NicAtNigh) September 16, 2020
Another tweeted, “Geesh I’m a Biden supporter and this made me cringe. Who the F thought this was a good idea, whoever it was sure hope they’ve been fired.”
Geesh I’m a Biden supporter and this made me cringe. Who the F thought this was a good idea, whoever it was sure hope they’ve been fired.
— Jeff 4 Biden/Harris 2020 🇺🇸 (@sbbytor) September 16, 2020
One other user tried to blame his staff as if they were setting the Democratic nominee up.
The lyrics of Despacito should have looked at beforehand….this is a misstep by his camp. "I want to breathe your neck slowly." And they tell him to dance. Omg….he's not a monkey. This is insulting to Biden and Hispanics. No. His team is not in his corner. pic.twitter.com/YJtAC4diSG
— Joan Miller (@JoanMil58993312) September 16, 2020
Yet, they are in his corner. They’re just incompetent boobs, almost as incompetent as the nominee.
Another user pointed out the English translation in response, which LyricsFreak says translates this way:
English translation of Despacito
I want to smell your neck slowly
Let me whisper things in your ear
So that you remember if you're not with me
I want to undress you with my kisses, slowly
I sign the walls of your labyrinth
And make your whole body a manuscript
— Scott Nickerson (@theonesnickers) September 16, 2020
And yet another Biden defender tried to blame the critics for the nominee’s disastrous display:
Maybe provide some context, like the fact that @LuisFonsi (the singer of Despacito) had just introduced Biden so playing the song was entirely appropriate. Failing to provide such obviously relevant information is really trashy.
— MURRAY 🇺🇸🗽 (@murray_nyc) September 16, 2020
Here’s my response:
How about we add some more context to the story? pic.twitter.com/XRVzmb25mK
— Rich Welsh 🇺🇸 (@Scafmars) September 16, 2020
There are so many real photos of Biden doing this that it’s unfathomable his campaign staff would allow this pandering stunt to happen.
This campaign is a real circus.
Editor’s note: The part of the song that Biden played did not include the words ‘Quiero respirar tu cuello despacito,’ which translates to ‘I want to breathe your neck slowly.’ Biden only played a few seconds of the beginning of the song, the ironic lines featured in the title come 13 lines later.