Donald Trump attacked both Jay Z and Hillary Clinton during a Saturday morning rally in Florida, criticizing the “bad” language the rapper used onstage during a Clinton voter turnout concert Friday night in Cleveland.
“I actually like Jay Z, but you know the language last night,” Trump told a Tampa crowd (via CBS News). “I was just thinking maybe I should just try it, should I use that language for one event? Can you imagine if I said that? So he used every word in the book. I won’t even use the initials, because I’ll get in trouble, they’ll get me in trouble. He used every word in the book last night.”
Trump also proclaimed that his rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania Friday drew “far more than Jay Z had, with their free tickets” and a surprise appearance by Beyoncé, who delivered a powerful speech in support of Clinton.
Despite Trump’s own run-ins with vulgar language during his campaign – like the “Grab them in the pussy” video – the Republican nominee and his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway slammed Jay Z, who occasionally cursed during his Friday performance despite efforts to self-censor his lyrics.
“He used language last night that was so bad, and then Hillary Clinton said ‘I did not like Donald Trump’s lewd language.’ My lewd language? I’ll tell you what, I’ve never said what he said in my life,” Trump continued. “But that shows you the phoniness of politicians and the phoniness of the whole system folks.”
Earlier in the week, a Clinton aide told CNN that the campaign would not attempt to censor Jay Z during the Cleveland concert. “What Jay Z says is up to Jay Z,” the aide said.
During the Cleveland rally, Jay Z did not mention Trump by name when criticizing the mogul.
“This other guy – I don’t have any ill will towards him,” the rapper said. “But his conversation is divisive and that’s not an evolved soul to me. So he cannot be my president, he cannot be our president. Once you divide us you weaken us. We’re stronger together.”