Jay Z and Beyoncé performed at a huge Hillary Clinton rally in Cleveland over the weekend, and Donald Trump just can’t get over it. Shortly after Jay’s performance, Trump blasted Jay’s use of cuss words. And last night, Trump held a rally in Sterling Heights, Michigan, where he once again talked about Jay’s language claiming (falsely, as New York reports) that people were so upset and offended that they left the rally early. He also said that he’d attracted this crowd, “without a guitar,” something he said while playing air guitar. (That’s him playing air guitar in in that photo. Maybe that’s what Trump thinks it looks like when someone plays a guitar.) The one problem with that: Trump actually had a guitar up on that stage earlier. Rock legend and dangerous nutbag Ted Nugent had opened up for him, and he’d brought his guitar.
Here’s what Trump said about Jay, Beyoncé, and his own lack of guitars while speaking.
Without Jay Z and Beyoncé and all of these people — and by the way, my language is much, much cleaner, as you know, than Jay Z and Beyoncé, boy. I mean honestly, did you hear that the other night? And so many people were insulted, they left. Because she can’t draw a crowd. So she gets stars. But they were so insulted. You know, they’re political people. They went in to hear a political something. And they hear the worst words, the worst language ever. So they mostly left. By the time Hillary was left to speak, there was practically nobody there, but that’s OK. That’s OK.
See, and we do this, all of these thousands. Oh, and by the way, by the way, there are thousands and thousands of people outside, trying to get in. Thousands. Cars are lined up three miles down the road. It’s crazy. And you know the beauty of this crowd? It’s without a guitar. There’s no guitar, there’s no pianos. You know what it is? It’s making America great again. That’s what the important thing is. That’s all it is. Because, the other stuff, frankly, is demeaning to what we all represent.
But 40 minutes earlier, Nugent, the Motor City Madman, had been on that stage, playing a wheedly (and honestly impressive) metal guitar version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” He’d also spoken, urging “Michigan shitkickers” to get to the polls and, at one point, grabbing his dick while saying, “I got your blue state right here, baby! Black and blue!”
You can see both of those things happen in the video below. Nugent’s peformance starts at the 26:16 mark, and Trump makes his comments about Jay and Bey around the 1:45:25 mark.
Meanwhile, some Trump supporters on Twitter are trying to doctor up iconic rock photographs to make Trump’s rallies look bigger than they are:
One more day of this bullshit! We’re almost done!
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