Joe Biden is the name, and depending on who you ask, pandering might be his game. At a campaign event in Kissimmee, the Democratic presidential nominee raised a few eyebrows. In an attempt to rally Hispanic voters Joe turned to everybody's favorite medium, music.
The purpose of the event was to celebrate Hispanic culture, and what other way to do so than by having a special guest appearance from some of their biggest stars. Biden had a stacked showing, with appearances by actress Eva Longoria and Singer Ricky Martin. Biden was introduced by five time Grammy nominee Luis Fonsi, who is best known by his mega hit Despacito. Despacito topped the Billboard Hot 100 for a record setting 16-weeks, it's also the first video on YouTube to surpass 6 billion views. The song was such a major success in the United States, due to it’s pop remix featuring Justin Bieber. Overall, a pretty big cosign for Joe heading into a must-win state like Florida. Fonsi told the audience, “‘Despacito’ proved to me that in this country, we will never be defined by our differences, Joe will always be there for Puerto Rico. He will never abandon us in times of need.” Here’s where the “controversy” kicks in. Many people believed Biden’s decision to play the song on his phone was cringe-worthy. He joked, "I'll tell you what, if I had the talent of any one of these people, I'd be elected president by acclamation".
After all the hijinks and humor Joe Biden did an interview with Telemundo, where he promised amnesty to immigrants in the country illegally. Of course, the internet had plenty of fun with the awkward moment. Even the biggest internet troll of them all, President Donald Trump got involved in the action. He retweeted an edited video of Biden playing Despacito from his phone, with Despacito replaced by F*** The Police by the NWA. Twitter quickly flagged the video as manipulated media, as these kinds of videos are very sensitive as we get closer to the election.
Nevertheless we can laugh at Joe’s attempt to rally voting support from the Hispanic community all we want, he clearly meant no harm. When asked about why he’s struggling to get voter support from the Hispanic community, he dispelled that accusation. Stating that the NBC/Marist poll that showed him four points behind President Trump was erroneous. Joe disputed, “I don’t believe it.. 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.”