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WATCH: Trump Surrogate Accuses Jay-Z of Throwing ‘Mazel Tov Cocktails’

Yiddish made its debut in the election last December when Donald Trump mocked rival Hillary Clinton for getting “schlonged” in her primary fight eight years ago with President Barack Obama.

As the campaign enters its final days, the mameloshn has re-emerged after Scottie Nell Hughes, a surrogate for the Republican nominee, mixed up “Molotov cocktails” with “mazel tov cocktails” in a CNN interview.

“We look at Jay-Z, and…one of his main videos starts off with a crowd throwing mazel tov cocktails at the police,” she said to the network’s Don Lemon, criticizing the hip-hop artist, who appeared at a Clinton rally over the weekend, for violent lyrics in his music.

Little did she realize that she was confusing an improvised explosive device (the molotov cocktail) with the Yiddish word for congratulations (mazel tov).

She acknowledged the mistake on Twitter, where she wrote, “trust me.. I realized at that moment, I should have taken a nap at some point the last 24hrs.”

That didn’t stop people on the social media site from having a laugh at her expense.

Her screw-up ranks as one of the best Yiddish faux pas — alongside the time former Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann slipped on the term “chutzpah,” or Clinton herself got the pronunciation for “kvell” wrong.

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at [email protected] or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon

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