Hillary Clinton pulled out all the stops for a Friday night concert rally in Cleveland aimed at urging young and African-American voters to propel her to the White House on Election Day: Superstar couple Beyoncé and Jay Z, accompanied by Chance the Rapper, played to an adoring crowd of thousands, and in between songs made the case for Hillary as commander-in-chief.
Bey took the stage in a polka-dotted pantsuit to belt her feminist mega-hit "Formation" before speaking about the Democratic nominee for president. She recalled how inspired she felt eight years ago when she saw Barack Obama as a role model for her nephew, and spoke to the effect Hillary would likewise have on her own family. "I want my daughter to grow up seeing a woman leading the country," she said, and know that "her possibilities are limitless."
Beyoncé also spoke the history of the suffragette movement in America, noting that "there was a time when a woman's opinion did not matter" and that women have gone from disenfranchised to a shot at the Oval Office in less than a century. She said that the world looks to the U.S. as a progressive country capable of change, which means we have a responsibility to embrace it.
Clinton herself referred to Beyoncé as "a woman who is an inspiration to so many others," adding, "Please take this energy out with you. Help us win Ohio." She took a moment to thank Jay Z, too, especially "for addressing in his music some of our biggest challenges in the country: poverty, racism, the urgent need for criminal justice reform." Jay had been the one to mention Donald Trump, saying, "He cannot be my president. He cannot be our president." Two days before the concert, he had tweeted a quote from the late writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel that cautions against neutrality in times of moral peril.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump held a rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and it sounded a bit like sour grapes when he said, "I didn't have to bring J-Lo or Jay Z. I am here all by myself. Just me. No guitar, no piano, no nothing."
Hillary, by contrast, is only getting started. Following a get-out-the-vote concert from Stevie Wonder in Philadelphia on Friday night, Katy Perry will play the city's Mann Music Center on Saturday evening. The show is free with an RSVP.