On Tuesday evening, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden played the 2017 hit song "Despacito" in an effort to connect with Hispanic voters at an event in Florida.
After being introduced by singer Luis Fonsi – who created the song alongside artists Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee – Biden took out his phone and played a 15-second clip while dancing and smiling at the audience.
The romantic song, which has sensual lyrics, was seen by many as an awkward choice for a campaign rally. The portion that Biden played on stage reflected this:
"I must dance with you today,
I saw that the look in your eyes was calling me,
Show me the path that I will take."
"I'll tell you what, if I had the talent of any one of these people, I'd be elected president by acclamation," said Biden after playing the clip.
Users on social media immediately began criticizing the former vice president.
Many compared it to Hillary Clinton's 2016 comment to a black radio host that she carried hot sauce in her purse – a move that was seen as thinly veiled pandering to black voters.
🔦 Biden was also criticized earlier in the day for saying a "Harris-Biden administration" and confusing Iraq and Iran when discussing U.S. fatalities in Iraq and Afghanistan.