Trump Surrogate Quotes Beyoncé’s “Formation” to Criticize Clinton

The singer’s lyrics, the surrogate argued, are just as vulgar as Trump’s langauge.


During an appearance on CNN on Monday night, former New York Lieutenant Gov. Betsy McCaughey insisted that it’s hypocritical of Hillary Clinton to criticize Donald Trump over his sexually explicit remarks. Why? Because Clinton loves Beyoncé.

On Friday, the Washington Post published a tape in which Trump, on an Access Hollywood bus, describes kissing and groping women without their consent. The revelation led dozens of Republicans to withdraw their support from Trump and drew criticism from the Clinton campaign and from Clinton herself during Sunday night’s presidential debate.

“I wanted to point something out,” McCaughey said of Clinton on Monday, after explaining that she doesn’t like lewd language and doesn’t listen to rap. “Hillary Clinton expresses that she finds the language on that bus horrific, but in fact she likes language like this. Quote, ‘I came to slay bitch, when he F me good I take his ass to Red Lobster.'”

That is a line from Beyoncé’s “Formation.” Host Don Lemon, looking confused and laughing uncomfortably, asked McCaughey if Clinton said those words. “That happens to be a line from Beyoncé,” McCaughey responded, “her favorite performer whom she says she idolizes and would like to imitate. So you know what I’m saying to you? There’s a lot of hypocrisy in Hillary Clinton expressing such horror at the language on the bus.”

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