Video of Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden calling girl dancers at cultural center “beautiful” and telling them he wants to see them dancing “when they’re four years older” has gone viral.
While speaking at the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami during a campaign visit to Florida on Monday, Biden said:
“So, ladies and gentlemen, the good news is, for me, I'm here. The bad news for you is I'm coming back. I’m coming back.
"And I want to see these beautiful young ladies - I want to see them dancing when they're four years older, too.
“So, it’s great to see you. So, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. Keep the faith.”
Video taken by an attendee pans over to show that Biden was pointing to and addressing young girls.
These are the young girls that Biden wants to see dance in 4 years. Yikes pic.twitter.com/Gz6F8A1rka— Mythinformed (@MythinformedMKE) October 5, 2020
“The footage went viral, sparking allegations from some of ‘creepy’ behavior,” Fox News reports. But, the Biden campaign suggested to Fox News that Biden’s remark may have been referring to the four-year election cycle, not the age of the girls:
“When asked for comment, the Biden campaign provided a link to Article II of the U.S. Constitution and highlighted, ‘He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years.’”
As The Daily Mail notes, the girls Biden addressed were actually costumed dancers who had performed at the event:
“Biden made the remark during a campaign stop in Miami, paying tribute to the dancers who had performed for him at the city's Little Haiti Cultural Center.
“The Democratic nominee appeared to point to a group of young girls in traditional Haitian costume as he made the comment.
“While Biden clearly meant to refer to the four-year presidential term, suggesting he would like to be back for a re-election campaign in 2024, his clumsy wording led to a wave of online scorn at 'Creepy Joe', as critics like to call him.”