The funeral for legendary singer Aretha Franklin was held today in her home city of Detroit, with the ceremony proving to be a powerful and moving tribute befitting Franklin’s unrivaled legacy.
Both Bill and Hillary Clinton were in attendance, as well as numerous celebrities and singers. It was a broad, diverse group, demonstrating how Franklin managed to touch the hearts of people from every walk of life.
Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton said some words in Franklin’s honor, and couldn’t resist the opportunity to land some well-deserved punches on President Trump. In particular, Sharpton drew issue with comments Trump made shortly after the singer’s passing in which he claimed that she worked for him on “numerous occasions.”
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It was exactly the kind of crude statement we’ve come to expect from the president, a man who seems incapable of resisting the urge to make everything about himself.
President Trump begins Cabinet meeting by remembering Aretha Franklin: "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." https://t.co/O5OWa3k51H pic.twitter.com/Yo7AkWdsLK
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 16, 2018
Sharpton set the record straight in eloquent fashion:
“On Sunday on my show I misspelled ‘Respect’ and a lot of y’all, a lot of y’all corrected me. Now, I want y’all to help me correct President Trump, to teach him what it means,” Sharpton said. The room erupted in applause.
“And I say that because when word had 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,” Sharpton said.
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