Trump rips Rihanna ahead of Super Bowl performance

FILE – Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at the South Carolina Statehouse on Jan. 28, 2023, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(The Hill) – Former President Trump criticized Rihanna on Thursday ahead of her planned performance at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday. 

“Without her ‘Stylist’ she’d be NOTHING. Bad everything, and NO TALENT!” Trump posted on his Truth Social account. 

Trump’s post came in response to a post on the social media platform from Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) saying that Rihanna should not be the performer. Jackson criticized the singer for spray-painting criticism of Trump on a car at a ranch in Amarillo, Texas, in 2020. 

Rihanna and Trump have clashed before. She won a legal victory over Trump in 2018 when her performing rights company, Broadcast Music Inc., informed the then-president that he could no longer use her music at his rallies. 

After a Washington Post reporter tweeted that her music was “blaring” at a rally in Tallahassee, Florida, Rihanna responded, “Not for much longer … me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies.” 

Rihanna was also vocal about her criticism of Trump during his presidency. 

In addition to Rihanna, musicians including Pharrell Williams, Elton John and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler have requested that Trump not play their music at his rallies. 

Rihanna’s is scheduled to perform during halftime of Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12. The show will mark her first major public performance in years.


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