Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, passed away on August 16th. Condolences and tributes came from all over the world, from celebrities and fans alike.
But one tribute got a lot of attention; the one from President Trump, who claimed that Aretha once worked for him, stating…
“I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person I knew well. She worked for me on numerous occasions. She was terrific — Aretha Franklin — on her passing. She brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come. She was given a great gift from God — her voice, and she used to well. People loved Aretha. She was a special woman. So just want to pass on my warmest best wishes and sympathies to her family.”
Of course, by ‘worked for him’ what he really means is performed some concerts at Trump properties throughout her decades long career as one of the most famous singers in the world. She was never his employee.
Well, at Aretha’s funeral, civil rights activist and MSNBC host, the Reverend Al Sharpton, hit back saying…
“You know the other Sunday on my show, I misspelled ‘respect,’ and a lot of y’all corrected me. Now I want y’all to help me correct President Trump to teach him what it means. And I say that because when word went out that Ms. Franklin passed, Trump said, ‘she used to work for me.’ No, she used to perform for you. She worked for us. Aretha never took orders from nobody but God.”
The full video of Sharpton’s statements can be seen below…
Rev. Al Sharpton at Aretha Franklin's funeral: “When word went out that Ms. Franklin passed, Trump said she used to work for me. No, she used to perform for you. She worked for us.” https://t.co/qSW5iZgtqR pic.twitter.com/QrvJrR4kw3
— ABC News (@ABC) August 31, 2018
People applauded Sharpton…
For those who DON'T understand, it's called speaking the truth from the pulpit…Black Church Mode!
— Valerie (@Numbr1critic) August 31, 2018
— Tom Bills-Lamson (@TomBillsLamson) August 31, 2018
— Cyndy Russell Weller (@Cmonkey29) August 31, 2018
Aretha would have no problem with what he said. She couldn't stand 45
— Petty Pablo (@electricsoul123) September 1, 2018
Where's the lie???
— Mr. Random (@DaVonTooMuch) August 31, 2018
Some couldn’t resist jabbing him for his earlier misspelling of ‘respect’…
Al, please show some Respict!!
— Mitch (@Mich0805) September 1, 2018
R-E-S-P-I-C-T find out what it means to me.
— Chris Adams (@comicchrisadams) August 31, 2018
R E S P I C T my brother
— Eric Brown (@Ericbrown00) August 31, 2018
Have some R E S P I C T Al!!!!!
— GMAN (@rupert069) August 31, 2018
Maybe the President should work on being more ‘respictful’.