Former Vice President Joe Biden emerged at a Hispanic Heritage Month event in Kissimmee, Florida, on Tuesday evening and played “Despacito” on his smartphone.
“I just have one thing to say,” Biden said, after removing his mask.
“Hang on here,” he said, as he struggled to play the song.
He played the first two lines, and bopped to the rhythm, grinning.
“I tell you what: if I had the talent of any one of these people, I’d be elected president by acclamation,” he joked.
The song, by Puerto Rican duo Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, topped the Billboard charts in 2017. The music video became the most-viewed YouTube video of all time — a title it still holds, with nearly 7 billion views.
Biden played the Spanish version of the song, which includes the raunchiest lyrics (which he did not play):
Déjame sobrepasar tus zonas de peligro/Hasta provocar tus gritos/Y que olvides tu apellido
(Let me surpass your danger zones/Until bringing on your screams/And that you forget your last name)
Biden has been struggling among Latino voters, especially in Florida, where a recent poll showed Trump ahead within that key voting bloc, 50% to 46%.
The Biden campaign has responded by reaching out to Spanish-language media and by holding events such as Tuesday’s town hall, which was hosted by Fonsi, Eva Longoria, and Ricky Martin.
President Donald Trump held a “Latinos for Trump” event in Arizona on Monday afternoon.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His new book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.