Donald Trump Gets Beyoncé’s Name and Crowd Sizes Wrong
Here’s a general rule: When you’re making any kind of comment about a public figure, particularly one of the biggest celebrities in the world, make sure you get their name right.
At a rally in North Carolina, Donald Trump responded to Jay Z and Beyoncé‘s appearance in support of Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in Cleveland last weekend. According to Pitchfork, one of Trump’s main talking points since the endorsement has been to act shocked over the language used by the two musicians.
During his speech, he managed to mispronounce the name of arguably the world’s most popular singer: “Those words that Jay Z said or that Beyon-see said…” Watch the cringe-inducing moment below.
Pitchfork notes that this wasn’t the only odd mispronunciation to come from the Trump campaign on Monday (Nov. 7, 2016). Campaign surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes criticized the video of “No Church in the Wild” for depicting “mazel tov cocktails,” which sounds more like something you would drink before watching Fiddler on the Roof.
PolitiFact also weighed in on Trump’s comments about Beyoncé and Jay Z, though not about his mangling of Queen Bey’s name. At the same North Carolina rally, Trump claimed that he drew bigger crowds than the couple.
“Beyoncé and Jay Z, I like them, I like them,” Trump said over audible boos. “And you know what they do? I get bigger crowds than they do. It’s true. I get far bigger crowds.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 7, 2016
Well, according to Politifact who actually ran the numbers, that’s not true. The site gives Trump the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the size of the crowds he brings in: An average of 27,000 people at each rally.
PolitiFact notes that that is indeed a very respectable draw, “but it’s not Jay Z/Beyoncé level.” When the couple last toured together in 2014, their concerts were attended by an average of 45,700 people per night. And when Queen Bey tours by herself, she still draws an average of 45,423 people per night.
That’s more than even Trump’s largest crowd size estimate of 30,000 people. PolitiFact says Trump’s crowds are more comparable to the average Phish concert. There’s probably not a lot of overlap between the two audiences though.