Al Sharpton: Trump should show 'respect' to Aretha Franklin

Al Sharpton: Trump should show 'respect' to Aretha Franklin
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The Rev. Al Sharpton criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE at Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday, saying that he should show more respect to the late "Queen of Soul."

His remarks came as he referenced an incident on his MSNBC show "Politics Nation" in which he misspelled the title of Franklin's iconic hit song "Respect."


"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," he said to 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," Sharpton continued. "Aretha never took orders from nobody but God."

Franklin died of pancreatic cancer on Aug. 16. Her funeral service was held Friday at Greater Grace Temple in her hometown of Detroit.

She had performed in 1988 at the since-closed Trump Castle casino in Atlantic City, N.J., which Trump referenced in remarks after her passing.

"I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person I knew well," Trump told reporters in the White House. "She worked for me on numerous occasions. She was terrific — Aretha Franklin — on her passing." 

Trump added that her legacy would "thrive and inspire many generations to come" and noted that "people loved Aretha."  

Sharpton also read a letter from former President Obama, who called Franklin an inspiration to those "who may have just needed a little love."

"In the example she set both as an artist and a citizen, Aretha embodied those most revered virtues of forgiveness and reconciliation," Obama wrote.