Donald Trump criticized Rihanna’s 2023 Apple Music Super Bowl halftime show in February calling it an “epic fail.” Two days before her performance at Arizona’s State Farm Stadium, the leader of the MAGA cult accused the pop singer of having “no talent,” and claimed she won’t be as successful without her stylist. Many people unfamiliar with their past wondered what reasons Trump had for coming at a pregnant Rihanna with inciting words. While the Umbrella singer is yet to respond to DT’s recent attacks, the new mother mocked and criticized the former president of the United States throughout his administration.
Here’s everything we know that transpired.
Their beef? traceably started in 2017 when the Barbados-born singer expressed her disgust at Donald Trump’s order to temporarily suspend immigration from seven Muslim majority nations.
“Disgusted! The news is devastating! America is being ruined right before our eyes! What an immoral pig you have to be to implement such BS!!” she tweeted. Azealia Banks inserted herself into the conversation and decided to blast Rihanna “who isn’t a citizen and can’t vote” and “all the rest of the celebrities” for “chastising the president.” Her remarks sparked a nasty back-and-forth between her and Rihanna, but that’s not why you’re here.
Rihanna’s unpleasant words for Trump continued in 2018 (November 4) after she learned on Twitter that ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ was being played at one of his rallies in Chattanooga.
“It’s been said a million times, but here’s a million and one — Trump’s rallies are unlike anything else in politics,” Washington Post reporter Chief Philip Rucker tweeted. “Currently, Rihanna’s ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump T-shirts into the crowd, like a ball game. Everyone’s loving it.”
Ri reacted negatively to the news, letting her fans know she isn’t in support of her music being used at his ‘tragic rallies.’ She also thanked Rucker for making her aware of it.
“Not for much longer… me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up Phillip,” she tweeted. She eventually removed her catalogue from the blanket “political entities license” agreement that had allowed the president to play her songs during his rallies.
“It has come to our attention that President Trump has utilized [Rihanna’s] musical compositions and master recordings, including her hit track ‘Don’t Stop the Music,’ in connection with a number of political events held across the United States,” Rihanna’s legal team wrote in a letter obtained by Rolling Stone. “As you are or should be aware, Ms. Fenty has not provided her consent to Mr. Trump to use her music. Such use is therefore improper.”
Rihanna’s legal team said Trump’s unauthorized use of her music “creates a false impression that Ms. Fenty is affiliated with, connected to or otherwise associated with Trump.”
August 4, 2019, Rihanna called out Trump on social media and questioned America’s gun laws after two horrific mass shootings occurred back-to-back in El Paso and Dayton. “Um… Donald, you spelt “terrorism” wrong!,” she captioned a screenshot of a tweet by Trump condemning the attacks.
“Your country had 2 terrorist attacks back to back hours apart leaving almost 30 innocent people dead. This, just days after yet another terrorist attack in California, where a terrorist was able to LEGALLY purchase an assault rifle (AK-47) in Vegas, then drive hours to a food festival in Cali leaving 6 more people dead including a young infant baby boy!
She continued, “Imagine a world where it’s easier to get an AK-47 than a VISA! Imagine a world where they build a wall to keep terrorists IN AMERICA!!! My prayers and deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all the victims from Texas, California, and Ohio! I’m so sorry for your loss! Nobody deserves to die like this! NOBODY!”
A few months later Rihanna doubled down on her disgust for Donald Trump during a cover story with Vogue where she discussed the shootings, which killed a reported 20 people.
“People are being murdered by war weapons that they legally purchase. This is just not normal. That should never, ever be normal,” Rihanna told the fashion magazine. “And the fact that it’s classified as something different because of the color of their skin? It’s a slap in the face. It’s completely racist.”
She was particularly infuriated by Trump’s classification of the violence as the result of a “mental illness problem.”
“Put an Arab man with that same weapon in that same Walmart and there is no way that Trump would sit there and address it publicly as a mental health problem,” the 35-year-old continued. “The most mentally ill human being in America right now seems to be the president.”
Rihanna’s chastising of Donald Trump slowed down after that. However, in August 2020, in the heat of the US presidential elections, which Trump ultimately lost, Rihanna resumed her attacks. The wealthiest female musician posted a series of photos on Instagram, featuring a car littered with graffiti, with the words “F-ck Trump” spray-painted on it.
About two days later she mocked Donald after a video of Melania Trump seemingly refusing to hold his hand went viral. Rihanna uploaded the clip of the couple stepping off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and added her 2016 Grammy-nominated “Needed Me” to the scenario.
“Melania likes art,” she captioned the video with a shrug emoji.
Trump lost the 2021 American presidential election to Joe Biden and Rihanna turned her full attention to her Fenty empire. The feud was seemingly over.
September 25, 2022, Rihanna was announced as the musical entertainment for Super Bowl LVII. The headlining show was her first live appearance on stage in seven years and her starved fans were expectedly excited. While Trump had remained graceful? during the peak of Ri’s attacks, The Apprentice star reignited their rivalry after congressman Ronny Jackson, Trump’s former White House doctor urged the NFL to pull Rihanna from the show due to her disrespecting Donald Trump in the past.
“Rihanna spray painted ‘F-ck Donald Trump’ on a car at the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo,” he wrote on Truth social. “She’s made a career of spewing degenerate filth while badmouthing America every chance she gets. Why is the NFL showcasing this crap? Rihanna SHOULD NOT be the halftime performer!!”
In response to his Truth, Trump berated Rihanna and accused her of being talentless. “Without her ‘Stylist’ she’d be NOTHING,” he wrote. Adding: “Bad everything, and NO TALENT!”
February 12, 2023, Rihanna receives lots of compliments from fans and industry peers following her sultry performance at State Farm, where she revealed she is pregnant with her second child. However, DT wasn’t impressed. The former POTUS returned to his TRUTH social app shortly after the halftime show to share his review of her performance with his 5 million followers. “EPIC FAIL: Rihanna gave, without question, the single worst Halftime Show in Super Bowl history,” Trump Truth’d.
He continued: “This after insulting far more than half of our Nation, which is already in serious DECLINE, with her foul and insulting language.”
In a final attack, he wrote: “Also, so much for her ‘Stylist!’”
Rihanna is yet to react to any of Trump’s latest comments.
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