Beyonce, Jay Z stand for Hillary Clinton
As the clock ticks off for the United States Presidential elections, both the candidates have started to hit out in the rallies. In one such attempt to garner supporters, Hillary Clinton had a star-studded rally concert in Cleveland on Friday.
Reportedly, Hillary Clinton is depending on young black voters to turn out, and her star power of hip-hop viz Beyonce, Jay Z and Chance the Rapper, had thousands of people cheering in support of Democratic Presidential Nominee.
On the other side, Donald Trump was speaking at a rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania and before the artists in Cleveland took the stage he sniped, “I didn’t have to bring J-Lo or Jay-Z … I’m here all by myself. Just me. No guitar, no piano, no nothing.”
Welcoming the duo on the stage, Hillary Clinton said, “When I see them here, this passion and energy and intensity, I don’t even know where to begin because this is what America is, my friends.”
Clinton called Beyoncé “a woman who is an inspiration to so many others” and thanked Jay Z “for addressing in his music some of our biggest challenges in the country: poverty, racism, the urgent need for criminal justice reform.”
Beyonce said she hopes that America makes history again by electing the nation’s first woman president. Interestingly, her backup dancers wore pantsuits in a none-too-subtle nod to the former secretary of State.
“There was a time when a woman’s opinion did not matter. If you were black, white, Mexican, Asian, Muslim, educated, poor or rich — if you were a woman, it did not matter,” Beyonce told the crowd.
“I want my daughter to grow up seeing a woman leading the country,” Beyoncé said to roars from the crowd. “That’s why I’m with her,” she added, using Clinton’s campaign slogan.
Hillary went on to say that she respects Jay-Z for raising issues like poverty, criminal justice reform and racism in his music. “Jay memorably said something we should all recall: Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther could walk, and Martin Luther walked so Barack Obama could run, and Barack Obama ran so all the children could fly,” she added.
However, without mentioning the name, Jay-Z said, “this other guy … I don’t have any ill will towards him, but his conversation is divisive and that’s not an evolved soul to me, so he cannot be my president.”
It was to be noted that at the concert, aimed largely at urging black voters and millennials to vote on Tuesday, some of the biggest stars emphasized the historical significance of potentially electing the first woman as president.
The report of The New York Times said the reasons were apparent. While black voters catapulted Mrs. Clinton to victory in the primary contest against Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, black turnout is down from 2012 in several states and young black voters have proved somewhat resistant to supporting Mrs. Clinton in the general election.
Amid the star power, the challenges facing Clinton were clearly on display on Friday. It came to light when she took the stage and began making the case for her candidacy, dozens of people began leaving the arena, the performance now over.
On Friday, she urged everyone to go to the polls and acknowledged that many voters are seeking something new. “I know that a lot of people say they want change but let me tell you: change is inevitable. There will be change. The question is: what kind of change?” she asked.
The interesting comparison came after the rallies of the nominees, when social media started piling up with the number of attendees and the usual trolls on the nominees. It had been claimed by various Trump supporters that Hillary Clinton’s rally with its star power had 10,000 people, while Trump’s rally alone is 11,000.
Hillary drew 10,000 to see her, Beyonce & Jay Z in Cleveland tonight. Trump’s crowd in Hershey, PA was 11,000 without any other star power.
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) November 5, 2016