Trump Ally Coins Phrase To Slam Clinton Rally With Jay Z: ‘Mazel Tov Cocktail’

Donald Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes baffled a CNN panel on Sunday night by coining a new malapropism to criticize Hillary Clinton’s campaign rally with Beyoncé and Jay Z on Friday.

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:

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