Reverend Al Sharpton rebuked Donald Trump for his statement following the death of legendary singer Aretha Franklin.
Trump’s statement, as released by 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 — 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.
The longstanding civil rights advocate was one of several speakers at Franklin’s funeral. As he spoke in front of a crowd filled with the late icon’s family, friends, celebrities and politicians — Sharpton initially poked fun at himself for misspelling “RESPECT” on his show.
Sharpton said, “You know the other Sunday on my show, I misspelled ‘respect,’ and a lot of y’all corrected me,” he joked. “Now I want y’all to help me correct President Trump to teach him what it means.” Attendees started laughed, cheered, and many rose to their feet.
He continued “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.”
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
Trump received widespread condemnation for his statement that Franklin worked for him, with many saying it was evocative of slavery.