Donald Trump appeared to misconstrue an apparent joke Billy Joel made on him as a compliment Friday night.
Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, tweeted out that he had received word the legendary singer “gave a very kind shoutout” to him at his Madison Square Garden concert.
Thank you @BillyJoel– many friends just told me you gave a very kind shoutout at MSG. Appreciate it- love your music!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2016
The problem? The “shoutout” Joel gave Trump appeared to be a joke aimed at him.
Before Joel played his famous hit “The Entertainer,” he dedicated it to Trump.
At the Billy Joel show and he just dedicated The Entertainer to Donald Trump. It's lit.
— Donwill (@donwill) May 28, 2016
Not an endorsement, but Billy Joel dedicated "The Entertainer" to Trump. https://t.co/nHdUVLg1ha
— John Asbury (@johnasbury) May 28, 2016
Billy Joel dedicated "The Entertainer" tonight at MSG to Trump, per a friend at the concert.
— Kevin Cirilli (@kevcirilli) May 28, 2016
It was also not the first time Joel has used that particular joke. A quick Google search revealed the performer had made it several times while touring the country throughout the last several months.
— David Teich (@Davidzteich) May 28, 2016
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) May 28, 2016
Trump has some experience fumbling endorsements.
In March, Trump suggested that Pete Rose had endorsed him. Rose’s lawyer later released a statement stating the legendary baseball player had not, in fact, issued an endorsement.
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