Footage of Joe Biden supporters serenading the former vice president with a Backstreet Boys parody went viral on Monday.
To the tune of “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” the group of youthful admirers clapped their hands while chanting Biden’s name at a campaign event in New Hampshire on Sunday.
“They’re good,” the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said appreciatively.
Video of the moment was posted to Twitter on Monday by the Washington Examiner and quickly racked up tens of thousands of views.
The performance didn’t exactly garner rave reviews on Twitter.
“I cringed so hard I dislocated both shoulders,” said one commenter.
We need to ban soy, just saying. ?♂️
— ?HARDCORE HOOL AGAIN? (@reborn_hardcore) February 10, 2020
“I actually threw up in my mouth a little,” tweeted another.
Still other users begged for someone to “Make it stop, please!”
Still, it probably wasn’t the worst moment of the weekend for Biden, who addressed supporters ahead of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.
One young woman asked Biden why he performed so poorly in Iowa. He asked her if she had ever caucused and when she said she had, responded: “No, you haven’t. You’re a lying dog-faced pony soldier. … Now you gotta be honest. I’m going to be honest with you.”
The crowd laughed, but a video of the exchange began circulating on Twitter. Biden has used the line before, and attributes it to a John Wayne movie, “Hondo.”
The “Biden’s Back” criticism might call to mind the mockery visited upon supporters of another 2020 Democratic hopeful last year.
— claudia tassey (@ctassey) September 21, 2019
Buttigieg supporters went viral on social media in November for their “High Hopes” dance, which many commenters derided as “embarrassing” and a “cringefest.”
Is Biden back?
Deeply trailing in New Hampshire polls, Biden on Monday kicked off a rainy cold day by visiting with unionized school bus drivers at a depot in Nashua. One driver asked for a picture, saying “My grandmother is never going to believe me.”
Biden then had the driver call her grandmother, and he spoke to her. The candidate reminisced about driving school buses to earn extra money while a law student at Syracuse University in the late 1960s.
He also won a late endorsement from New Hampshire state Senate President Donna Soucy, who said on Twitter, “Joe has the experience, the tenacity and the empathy that we need in the White House.”
A similar wave of late endorsements before Iowa’s vote didn’t save Biden from a fourth-place finish.
- Joe Biden supporters performing a Backstreet Boys parody in New Hampshire on February 9, 2020.: Screen grab