Biden fans made up their own viral song and dance. This one’s set to a Backstreet Boys classic

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A Quinnipiac University poll released today showed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden slip to second place behind Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for the first time. This follows a weekend in which Biden jokingly called a woman a “lying dog-faced pony soldier” at a campaign event.

What’s a candidate to do in the midst of such drama? Get down with the cool kids in viral video, of course.

In the undated video credited to the Washington Examiner, a fresh-faced group of Biden supporters stands before him, merrily singing, “Go Biden, yeah, yeah. Go Biden, yeah, yeah. Biden’s back… alright!” The former vice president seems thrilled with the performance, which is set to the melody of Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).”

The video, which could be described as a live-action remake of the “Backstreet’s Back” meme, is getting attention much like that received by the “High Hopes” dance of former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Which is to say it’s inspiring a full-body cringe online from left-wing users.

“Gaze into the abyss of Biden 2020,” tweeted @CANCEL_SAM.

“I feel physically revolted and I’m not sure I can finish my coffee now,” commented @Rad1calCentrist. “Thanks.”

“Pass the brain bleach please,” @0x000090 added.

For @troyrudd, the video called to mind a certain group of young conservatives. “Looks like some Turning Point youth turned out for Joe,” he said. “Nice.”

To paraphrase another Backstreet Boys’ song, it seems safe to say that many Twitter users don’t want it that way.

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Claire Goforth

Claire Goforth

Claire Goforth is a Jacksonville, Florida-based journalist covering politics, culture, justice, and unicorns. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from regional alt-weeklies to Al Jazeera.