Joe Biden raised eyebrows on the campaign trail on Monday after telling a group of 'beautiful young ladies' he wanted to 'see them dancing when they're four years older too'.
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, his clumsy wording led to a wave of online scorn at 'Creepy Joe', as critics like to call him.
Joe Biden watches a traditional Haitian dance at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex in Miami on Florida, where he raised eyebrows with a remark to young dancers
One viewer said of the video that 'Biden is so creepy he makes my skin crawl', while another said the former vice president was a 'walking accident waiting to happen'.
Former NFL player Herschel Walker, a Trump supporter, said that 'telling young African-American girls "I want to see you dancing when you’re four years older" is not only creepy but racist'.
Even those who saw what Biden meant acknowledged that his remark was a 'terrible way of phrasing it'.
'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 and I want to see them dancing when they're four years older too,' was what Biden said.
When asked about the incident by Fox News, the Biden campaign sent a link to Article II of the Constitution, highlighting the part which says the president's term is four years.
Biden, 77, would be the oldest president ever to sit in the Oval Office, even older than Ronald Reagan at the end of his eight-year term.
His push for votes in Florida comes with polls showing Biden narrowly ahead in the battleground state, which backed Trump by a small margin in 2016.
Trump was the oldest president ever elected at 70, and would also beat Reagan's record if he won a second term and served until January 2025.
The president has tried to stir fears about Biden's health while boasting of his own physical and mental fitness, including after