Hughes said that Jay Z's lyrics embody an "anti-police message," citing imagery from one of the rapper's music videos.
"One of his main videos starts off with a crowd throwing mazel tov cocktails at the police," she said.
The music video for Jay Z and Kanye West's 2012 song "No Church in the Wild" begins with an image of someone throwing a Molotov cocktail, an improvised explosive made from a bottle containing flammable liquid, which is distinct from the congratulatory drink implied by Hughes' phrasing.
"Mazel tov" is a Jewish phrase which is often used to convey congratulations.
Hughes was not alone in her confusion. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) once signed off an undated letter to a Jewish constituent by writing, "Thank you again and Molotov."
Watch Hughes pioneering her variant of the phrase below:
What is a "mazel tov cocktail" pic.twitter.com/xmTiBnoaia
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