Donald Trump was in Minneapolis on Thursday night for one of his inimitable campaign rallies, where he continued to smear his presumed 2020 opponent Joe Biden with debunked claims of involvement in Ukraine corruption, leading the crowd in a chant of “Lock him up.”
Biden was far from the only target in the president’s rambling speech, and he managed to save some outrage for some of the music world’s most popular entertainers: Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
Despite the fact that the 2016 presidential election took place nearly three years ago, Trump took the opportunity to congratulate himself for beating opponent Hillary Clinton while claiming that, unlike Clinton, he didn’t require big-name entertainers to draw a crowd.
“I didn’t need Beyoncé and Jay-Z,” declared Trump. “And I didn’t need little Bruce Springsteen and all of these people.”
Trump followed that up by claiming the only reason people came to see Clinton was because of the entertainers, and would exit immediately after they finished performing (there is no evidence that this ever occurred).
“What happens is they leave and everyone leaves with them,” Trump said, “and she’s still speaking in front of the same lousy crowd. Craziest thing I’ve ever seen.”
At the same rally, Trump raised the ire of Prince’s estate by playing the Minneapolis rocker’s hit “Purple Rain” ahead of the event, with the late musician’s website tweeting a cease-and-desist letter it had sent a year earlier to remind him that Prince’s estate “will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince’s songs.”