At long last, the 2016 presidential election is almost over. But before all votes are finally submitted on Tuesday, there’s plenty of time for last-minute slips of tongue. After Jay Z and Beyoncé performed at a rally for Hillary Clinton this weekend, some conservative commentators trotted out criticisms of the rapper’s profanity-laden lyrics.
On CNN Monday morning, Donald Trump campaign surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes attempted to make a point about the violence of Jay Z’s songs and videos. She described the opening to the “No Church in the Wild” video, which features someone throwing a Molotov cocktail at armored police as a riot breaks out. Except Hughes didn’t say “Molotov.”
“One of his main videos starts off with a crowd throwing off mazel tov cocktails at the police,” Hughes said on CNN. “It’s a very anti-police message.”
The term “Molotov cocktail” refers to an improvised explosive weapon, typically created from a breakable glass bottle, a flammable substance like petrol, and a source of ignition (usually a cloth soaked in kerosene). They were first deployed by Finnish resistance fighters in World War II, who coined the name to mock Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov. “Mazel tov” is, of course, a Jewish phrase meaning “congratulations” or “good luck.” As for a “mazel tov cocktail,” well, even Merriam-Webster has “no idea” what that is.
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