Cuban-American UFC Fighter Calls Out Joe Biden for Playing 'Despacito' to Pander to Latinos

UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal doesn't believe that former Vice President Joe Biden was being genuine when he played "Despacito" on his cell phone at a recent campaign rally. During a recent speech at a Florida event, Masvidal said that Biden playing the song wouldn't win him Latino votes.

Masvidal also called out Democrats more broadly in his speech, saying they haven't earned Latino voters. "The Democrats just think they're entitled to the Latino vote. They think that we just have to hand it over to them," he said to boos. "That's right. We sure as hell don't."

He continued, likening policies proposed by the Biden campaign to those in Central and South American countries. "They gotta show us what they can do for us, what they can do for our communities. We're not gonna buy the same wolf tickets and false promises that destroyed great countries like Venezuela and Cuba," he said.

Masvidal then accused Biden of thinking that playing the song "Despacito" would be enough to give him the vote. "It's not gonna happen. You know what else is not gonna work for them? Playing 'Despacito' on your cell phone to pander to us. Hell no. You gotta give us some credit for having heads on our shoulders," Masvidal said.

Biden made headlines in September when he played Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's hit song "Despacito" at a Florida event. After approaching the microphone, the candidate pulled out his phone and told attendees, "I just have one thing to say," before playing the song into the microphone. "If I had the talent of any one of these people, I'd be elected president by acclamation," the Democratic candidate said.

A spokesperson for Masvidal told Newsweek over email that the fighter's views are influenced by his father's experience coming to the U.S. from Cuba. "The issue of socialism hits very hard with him given his father's story and him being taught how those policies will destroy countries since he was a small child," the spokesperson said. "He sees the parallels between how the left is setting the stage for these beliefs to take hold in the US and how it has played out in other parts of the world. As far as Biden pandering to Latinos, he feels it is extremely disrespectful of democratic candidates to just assume that they will get the votes of certain minorities."

The spokesperson's statement continued: "And if you are looking for a song that resonates with the Cuban people who fled to this country to escape the perils of socialism, I suggest an oldie but goodie from The Who called 'Won't get fooled again.'"

Masvidal is a UFC welterweight and, per The Independent, one of the most popular fighters in the league. He hails from Miami, and his mother is Peruvian, while his father is Cuban. He's been an outspoken Trump supporter. On Monday, he shared a photo of himself and Donald Trump Jr. bonding over a McDonald's meal.

At the event where he made his speech, Masvidal likened Trump to the "head coach" of an NFL team. "Before the global pandemic, we were winning Super Bowls, and when you're winning Super Bowls, you don't fire the coach. It doesn't matter if you don't like the plays he runs, the players he puts on the field, or what he says on Twitter. You sure as hell don't replace him for another coach that's been in the business for 47 years at every level and never won a f**king game," he said.

A press contact for the Biden campaign did not respond to Newsweek's emailed request for comment in time for publication.

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden plays music from his cell phone as he participates in a Hispanic Heritage Month event at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida on September 15, 2020. Cuban-American fighter Jorge Masvidal accused Biden of pandering when he played "Despacito" from his phone at a campaign event. Getty/JIM WATSON / AFP
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