There’s something interesting going on in the United States when a Democratic candidate for president, together with two of the most recognizable superstars in the world, is unable to attract a larger crowd than his/her opponent without the fanfare.

In Ohio, Hillary Clinton invited Jay-Z and Beyonce to give a concert with all of the typical bells and whistles associated with such concerts. About 10,000 people attended, “many of whom filed out after the concert and before the Democratic nominee took the stage.”

That makes the lopsidedness even more so. Even if we assume “many” to be let’s say 15%, that means about 8,500 stayed while Trump’s rally garnered somewhere between 14,000-15,000 people.

Respect for Women?

After singing, “I don’t f**k with you. You little stupid-a** b***h, I ain’t f**kin’ with you,” Jay-Z beamed to the crowd – “Ohio, we are on the doorstep of history. I am here tonight because respect matters. Respect matters to me.”

Of course, it does. Trump commented on the concert, saying, “

“‘I actually like Jay-Z. But you know, the language last night! Ohhh! Ooooh!’ Trump said in Tampa, Florida. ‘Maybe I’ll just try it. Should I use that language? Can you imagine if I said that?

“‘So he used every word in the book,’ the Republican presidential nominee fumed. ‘I won’t even use the initials because I’d get in trouble. It’ll get me in trouble. He used every word in the book last night.’ ‘I tell you what: I’ve never said what he said – in my life!’” 

Meanwhile in Pennsylvania…

Trump attracted a significantly larger crowd in Hershey. 

“Trump, as he frequently does, inflated his crowd-count for dramatic effect. ‘In Hershey, Pennsylvania last night we had an arena. We had 27,000 people show up!’ he said.”

Notwithstanding Trump’s exaggeration, the fire department estimates the crowd at 11,500 plus an additional 3,000 who arrived too late to get through Secret Service screening. However, no one is counting the tens-of-thousand that join him on Facebook Live.

We Do It the Old-Fashioned Way

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Trump gloated over trouncing Hillary’s crowd numbers. “‘We don’t need Jay-Z to fill up arenas. We do it the old-fashioned way, folks,’ Trump said. ‘We fill it up because you love what we’re saying and you want to make America great again.’”

Even without any sort of bread and circus the Republican candidate was proud to say that he was able to get “far more” people on his own.

Not to say that Trump doesn’t have some star power on his side. Lou Holtz, an ardent Roman Catholic who blasted Clinton’s pro-abortion stance, will be a warmup act for Trump.

“If I destroy an eagle egg, I can go to jail! Who’s going to speak for an unborn child?…Donald Trump can change the direction of this country, and God knows we need it.”

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