Al Sharpton Uses Aretha Franklin's Funeral To Take Shot at Trump


Rev. Al Sharpton used the occasion of Aretha Franklin’s funeral on Friday to take a shot a President Donald Trump, saying he needs to learn what the word “respect” means.

“You know the other Sunday on my show, I misspelled ‘respect,’ and a lot of y’all corrected me,” Sharpton told the thousands gathered at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. “Now I want y’all to help me correct President Trump to teach him what it means.”

Many in the audience rose to their feet in loud and sustained applause.

“And I say that because when word went out that Ms. Franklin passed, Trump said, ‘she used to work for me,’” Sharpton continued.

“No, she used to perform for you. She worked for us. Aretha never took orders from nobody but God,” he said.

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While trying to take a shot at Trump on his MSNBC program earlier this month, Sharpton misspelled respect, “R-E-S-P-I-C-T.”

The New York Post reported on the day of Franklin’s passing (Aug. 16) at 76 years old from pancreatic cancer, Trump stated at a cabinet meeting at the White House, “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.”

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He added, “She’s 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 it well. People loved Aretha. She was a special woman. So just want to pass on my warmest best wishes and sympathies to her family.”

One of the occasions that Franklin worked for Trump was during the grand opening of the Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York City in 1997.

She also performed on multiple occasions at Trump’s properties in Atlantic City starting in the 1980s and 90s, and more recently in 2012 to sold-out shows at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino.

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Among the notable personalities attending Franklin’s funeral were former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Tyler Perry and Whoopi Goldberg.

Faith Hill performed the gospel song “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” near the beginning of the service; Ariana Grande sang one of Franklin’s signature songs “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”; and Jennifer Hudson gave a powerful rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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