Trump mocks Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, then oddly compliments the Boss
President Donald Trump took a musical trip down memory lane at a Thursday rally at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
He recalled when Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé and Jay-Z campaigned for Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in 2016, and he even gave the Boss a new nickname.
“I didn’t need Beyoncé and Jay-Z, I didn’t need little Bruce Springsteen,” Trump said. “They had all these people, they'd come in because she couldn't get a crowd.”
Springsteen and fellow New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi performed at Clinton's election-eve rally at Independence Hall in Philadelphia in 2016.
“They got Bruce Springsteen. He'd do about two songs, then leave, and what happens? Everyone leaves with him,” said Trump, in a backhand compliment. “And (Clinton's) still speaking in front of the same lousy crowd. Craziest thing I’ve ever seen.”
Trump feels there's a double standard when it comes to him and Jay-Z.
“Then they'd complain that I'd use a terrible word like ‘hell’,” said Trump, pointing to the media at the Target Center. “But you got to hear Jay-Z, the words he was using, the F-word all over the place and then then next day they say I use bad language. The word hell is a terrible word.”
Trump's riff on Springsteen, Beyoncé and Jay-Z's crowd sizes and language is not new. He had a similar take on the 2016 election at a 2018 rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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“(Clinton would) bring in Beyoncé, and then Jay-Z would get up and he’d use language that was so bad if I used that language I’d be run out of the country,” Trump said. “They say Trump’s language is very tough — you ever hear Jay-Z? And then she brought in Bruce Springsteen and they would draw crowds that were smaller than my crowd.”
Both Springsteen and Jay-Z have been critical of Trump and his policies.
Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. His multiple awards include recognition for stories on both Bruce Springsteen and Snooki. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; email@example.com. Stay with app.com or consider a subscription today.