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President Trump triggered liberals when he appeared to troll Joe Biden with an altered video of the Democratic presidential nominee playing the NWA song “F— tha Police.”
The president retweeted the manipulated video – obviously meant as a joke – Wednesday that was posted by the parody account “The United Spot” which showed Biden playing the 1988 anti-police song on his phone. The original clip was a moment during the former vice president’s campaign stop in Florida where he was criticized for pandering to voters in a salute to Hispanic Heritage Month.
“What is this all about?” Trump asked in his tweet along with the parody video.
Biden pulled out his phone at the campaign event in Kissimmee, momentarily making some dance moves as he played “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, the Puerto Rican artist who introduced him at the event. The altered video, which was flagged as “manipulated media” by Twitter, dubbed the controversial NWA song over the original.
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What is this all about? https://t.co/AAmBGgHhyR
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2020
Naturally, the president set off his critics.
Trump keeps retweeting doctored videos of Joe Biden. He is spreading more lies.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 16, 2020
This is an edited, video. Manipulated Media. Donald Trump sharing this is trying to cheat int he 2020 election. REPORTED!
— Jerry Avenaim (@avenaim) September 16, 2020
Imagine retweeting this obviously doctored video? Desperate. Shameful. Typical.
— Funhouse (@BackAftaThis) September 16, 2020
Raise your hand if you think that Donald Trump needs to be removed from office immediately.
— Lara (@DPWIMM) September 16, 2020
Other Twitter users found the humor in the clip.
All the boomer libs are crying about that “Manipulated Media” video Trump shared last night of Biden playing F Tha Police. Get a sense of humor, for crying out loud.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 16, 2020
Oh my god. I AM DEAD 😂
— Courtney Holland 🇺🇸 Text COURTNEY to 88022 (@hollandcourtney) September 16, 2020
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) September 16, 2020
The president retweeted the video again later, commenting: “China is drooling. They can’t believe this!”
They took the bait
Twitter added a link underneath the meme video that Trump keeps tweeting out which takes you to Biden’s original horror show of cringe pic.twitter.com/Azez42dTG2
— ¡Despacito Poso! (@JackPosobiec) September 16, 2020
But Biden didn’t need any help from Trump in getting his own share of criticism over the moment in Florida that also featured actress Eva Longoria and singer Ricky Martin as the campaign commemorated Hispanic Heritage Month.
“I just have one thing to say,” he said after approaching the podium, looking down at his phone. “Hang on. Here.”
“I’ll tell you what — if I had the talent of any one of these people, I’d be elected president by acclamation,” he added, laughing.
Many slammed Biden, however, and accused him of pandering, while some noted that the “cringe” moment could be worse than the 2016 “Pokemon Go to the polls” episode and others with then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
this is worse than “pokemon go to the polls” and “I always carry hot sauce” combinedpic.twitter.com/3AOnFZkGjE
— ☀️👀 (@zei_squirrel) September 16, 2020
“After decades of terrorizing Latin America with imperialist war crimes and coups, deporting millions of immigrants, and then ignoring Latinos in his campaign, Biden played ‘Despacito’ on his phone to try to seem hip,” journalist and filmmaker Ben Norton tweeted. “Someone should probably tell him what the lyrics are about.”
“Does @JoeBiden realize that Despacito means “slowly”? Fits well with Slow Joe,” Trump campaign senior advisor Mercedes Schlapp wrote.
Is there anything more perfect than Joe Biden playing a song with the lyrics “I want to breathe your neck slowly, let me tell you things in your ears”? Someone on his team should have checked the lyric translation before this stunt. 😂😂😂 https://t.co/leYidxwnxW
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) September 16, 2020
“I can’t believe this guy is having trouble connecting with Latino voters,” Matt Whitlock, senior advisor for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, tweeted.