Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden compared President Trump to the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro while speaking with Univision Orlando on Tuesday.
Trump accused Biden of being a tool of the far left, arguing that Democrats are pushing socialist ideas, but the former vice president reversed the comparison in an interview with the Spanish-language outlet.
BIDEN SAYS HE IS WORRIED ABOUT TRUMP’S PARLIAMENT ‘INSURRECTION’ IN SPANISH LANGUAGE INTERVIEW
“Trump has more in common with Castro than Churchill,” Biden said, adding, “Look who he admires. Admires Putin, admires Xi, admires anyone who behaves in an authoritarian way. I am the exact opposite. Faith in the democratic system.”
Many of Florida’s Spanish-speaking residents arrived in the Sunshine State after fleeing socialist or communist regimes like Castro’s Cuba. The former vice president is looking to gain ground among Hispanic voters in the battlefield state as Trump held a small lead over him with that demographic group in an NBC / Marist poll last week. The same poll had the two candidates stalled for general support in the state.
In 2016, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton beat Trump by more than 25 points among Florida’s Hispanic voters, according to exit polls, but Trump still won the state.
Biden told reporters on his way to Florida this week that his mission in the state would be to woo Spanish-speaking voters.
“I’ll talk about how I’ll work like the devil to make sure I turn every Latino and Hispanic vote,” Biden said when reporters asked him what his message would be in the country’s largest traditional general election battlefield state.
BIDEN PANNED TO PLAY “DESPACITO” AT THE HISPANIC HERITAGE EVENT OF THE MONTH
A Florida Democratic agent was pessimistic about Biden’s current position among Hispanic voters, telling The Hill, “There’s really no good answer here if you’re the Biden campaign.”
Biden caught some criticism for an anger-worthy moment at a campaign event in Kissimmee, Florida on Tuesday night.
Biden stopped and took his phone in his pocket as he stepped onto the podium at the event, which was meant to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.
“I only have one thing to say,” Biden began as he looked at his phone. “Wait here.”
He then held the phone close to the microphone, which began playing the 2017 hit song “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, which had introduced the candidate. After about 15 seconds of moving his head and dancing softly behind the podium, the music stopped.
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“I’ll tell you what: if I had the talent of any of these people, I’d be elected president by acclamation,” Biden chuckled.
“Oh my God,” CBS News correspondent Ed O’Keefe reacted.
“@JoeBiden realizes Despacito means ‘slowly’? It fits Slow Joe well,” Trump’s senior campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp joke.
Allie Raffa, Joseph A. Wulfsohn, and Morgan Phillips of Fox News contributed to this report.