Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden compared President Trump to the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro when he spoke to Univision Orlando on Tuesday.
Trump has accused Biden of being a tool of the far left, claiming Democrats are driving socialist ideas, but the former vice president reversed that comparison in an interview with the Spanish language agency.
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“Trump has more in common with Castro than with Churchill,” said Biden, adding, “Look who he admires. He admires Putin, he admires Xi, he admires anyone who acts authoritarian. I̵
Many of Florida’s Spanish-speaking residents came to the Sunshine State after socialist or communist regimes such as Castro’s Cuba. The former vice president is keen to gain a foothold among Hispanic voters in the battlefield state, as Trump was narrowly ahead of him in an NBC / Marist poll with that demographic last week. The same poll had the two candidates at a dead end 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 polls, but Trump still won the state.
Biden told reporters when he went to Florida this week that his mission in the state would be to bring Spanish-speaking voters to justice.
“I’m going to talk about how I’ll work like the devil to make sure I turn off every Latino and Hispanic voting,” Biden said when asked by reporters what his message was about in the general election’s largest traditional battlefield state Country would be.
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A Florida Democratic official, pessimistic about Biden’s current position among Hispanic voters, told The Hill, “There really isn’t a good answer here if you are the Biden campaign.”
Biden caught a flack for a convulsive moment at a campaign rally in Kissimmee, Florida Tuesday night.
Biden paused and grabbed his cell phone in his pocket as he stepped onto the podium at the event that was to commemorate the month of Hispanic Heritage.
“I only have one thing to say,” Biden began when he checked his cell phone. “Wait here.”
He then held his cell phone to the microphone that played the 2017 hit “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, who introduced the candidate. After rocking his head for about 15 seconds and dancing gently behind the podium, he stopped the music.
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“I’ll tell you what – if I had the talent of one of these people, I would be elected president by acclamation,” chuckled Biden.
“Oh my god,” responded CBS News correspondent Ed O’Keefe.
“Does @JoeBiden recognize that Despacito means ‘slow’? Goes well with Slow Joe,” joked Mercedes Schlapp, senior adviser to the Trump campaign.
Allie Raffa of Fox News, Joseph A. Wulfsohn, and Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.