During a recent campaign event in Florida, Joe Biden took the stage and, doing a little jig, played the hit song "Despacito" on his phone.
The moment was likely in honor of the song's singer Luis Fonsi, who introduced Biden.
After being introduced by Luis Fonsi, Joe Biden pulled out his phone and started playing Despacito ahead of his rem… https://t.co/Y8YI63Imkh— Sarah Mucha (@Sarah Mucha) 1600215994.0
Today marks the official start of Hispanic Heritage Month. Tune in as we kick off our celebration from Florida: https://t.co/GMSo25KzM6— Joe Biden (@Joe Biden) 1600212896.0
Shortly after the clip went viral, however, President Donald Trump began spreading a doctored clip in which "Despacito" was replaced with a song from the rap group NWA.
The video replaces the @LuisFonsi song @JoeBiden actually played on his phone with one from #NWA. How do I know thi… https://t.co/vEpFV1kj5T— Steve Herman (@Steve Herman) 1600230325.0
Journalists all over Twitter quickly fact check Trump's tweet.
Just to make it double clear, I was at this event hours ago, and the song was Despacito. (Obviously this video is d… https://t.co/OmCNYUnrVB— Brittany Shepherd (@Brittany Shepherd) 1600230078.0
This video is doctored. It did not happen. During an event today, Biden played the song Despacito as singer Luis F… https://t.co/9mRZdiKXhr— Kelsey Walsh (@Kelsey Walsh) 1600230319.0
@realDonaldTrump I dont believe he played that song. He played a Latin song— Har-Lees Deplorable! 🇺🇸 (@Har-Lees Deplorable! 🇺🇸) 1600293884.0
Trump's attempt to create fake news was especially brazen considering how many journalists were covering the Biden event.
Here's our @VOANews report from Kissimmee, #Florida on the tailored appeal to Latinos by @JoeBiden. https://t.co/0LmspIpA8q— Steve Herman (@Steve Herman) 1600235252.0
Biden was playing Despacito. Your tune is Desperado, O desperate one. https://t.co/P2blwk655M— George Conway (@George Conway) 1600268560.0
Attacking Biden for liking “Despacito”, which was: •16 wks at #1 on Billboard •Most-viewed music video online •Most… https://t.co/uNtb19Ug8l— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@Ana Navarro-Cárdenas) 1600310055.0
Though Biden received some blowback from the moment among progressives, most people seemed to think it was a harmless gesture.
@realDonaldTrump What is this all about? https://t.co/l6spYTL25H— The Lincoln Project (@The Lincoln Project) 1600229948.0
@realDonaldTrump Okay I don't care who you are, watching an old white guy dance to hip hop off beat is hilarious.— Erin Leigh (@Erin Leigh) 1600230086.0
Why must Americans spend so much time sorting out which of the President's statements are true and which are not?
@realDonaldTrump It’s simple. The person who actually wrote #Despacito (the song #JoeBiden is playing), had just in… https://t.co/DFTMf5p44i— Damon 🧢🇺🇸💉💉 (@Damon 🧢🇺🇸💉💉) 1600269017.0
@realDonaldTrump OMG🤦♀️— Dr. Dawn Michael💗 (@Dr. Dawn Michael💗) 1600230062.0
President Trump may not check the facts before he tweets, which is all the more reason we all should as often as possible.