President Donald Trump proved yet again that he holds grudges like most people hold favorite childhood memories, and few things needle Trump more than non-fan celebrities: At a rally Wednesday he took on Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen, for some reason calling the 5 foot, 10 inch Boss “little.”
“I didn’t need Beyoncé and Jay-Z, I didn’t need little Bruce Springsteen,” Trump said at an Oct. 9 campaign rally in Minneapolis. The president was referring to the musicians’ support of Hillary Clinton in 2016. (Beyoncé and Jay-Z hosted an Ohio campaign event for Clinton, and Springsteen was on record at the time as thinking Trump was a “moron” and “deeply damaged at his core.”
Trump also said – without any evidence at all – that Springsteen would perform at Clinton rallies, “do about two songs then leave…And she’s still speaking in front of the same lousy crowd.”
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Though none of the three performers mentioned by Trump have yet responded, Corey Booker, the Senator from New Jersey running for the Democratic presidential nomination, defended his state’s hero.
Wednesday’s Trump rally also included a musical moment that had Trump’s campaign going back on its word to discontinue use of Prince’s music, according to the late star’s estate. In a tweet that included the full 2018 letter from Trump’s campaign lawyers stating that the campaign would never again use the Prince song “Purple Rain,” the pledge was broken Wednesday night.
The estate’s tweet ends with “The Prince Estate will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince’s songs.”