Aretha Franklin ‘worked for me’ claims Trump
Culled from Daily Mail
President Donald Trump offered his condolences to the family of Aretha Franklin in an emotionless tribute recalling the times the iconic soul singer worked for him, Daily Mail reported.
In a lengthy statement on Thursday afternoon, POTUS said: '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.'
Trump added that Franklin '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,' he said about Franklin. 'People loved Aretha. She was a special woman. So just want to pass on my warmest best wishes and sympathies to her family.'
Franklin, known as the 'Queen of Soul', died at the age of 76 at her Detroit home from pancreatic cancer, her family said in a statement on Thursday morning.
Hundreds of fans, friends and fellow singers have flooded social media with heartwarming tributes to Franklin.
Earlier on Thursday, Trump made another detached comment about her death, writing on Twitter: 'The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!'
Trump's comments are already sparking backlash from Franklin's loving fans. Author Sasha Brown Worsham slammed him as 'vile' and called him a 'pig'.
'Trump said Aretha Franklin -- the QUEEN OF SOUL -- "worked for me." I just can't. He is vile. His supporters are vile. and every person who "doesn't like politics" is vile. Vile. Vile. Vile. Her name should never cross his lips. The pig,' she tweeted.
Ivanka Trump also posted a tribute to Franklin on her Instagram Story, which disappears after 24 hours.
'Aretha Franklin was an artistic genius and trailblazer whose gifts to the world transcends time. Long live the Queen of Soul as we pass her music on from generation to generation,' the post read.
Former president Barack Obama and wife Michelle, who considered Franklin a close friend, released a powerful joint statement saying they could 'feel our history' in Franklin's voice when she sang.
It read: 'America has no royalty. But we do have a chance to earn something more enduring. Born in Memphis and raised in Detroit, Aretha Franklin grew up performing gospel songs in her father's congregation. For more than six decades since, every time she sang, we were graced with a glimpse of the divine.
'Through her compassion and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade - our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance.
Trump also called Franklin 'terrific' in a statement that is being slammed online. Franklin and Trump are pictured above at Trump International Hotel and Tower Grand Opening on May 19, 1997
'Aretha may have passed on to a better place, but the gift of her music remains to inspire us all. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. Michelle and I send our prayers and warmest sympathies to her family and those moved by her song.'
Franklin performed at Barack's inauguration in 2009, where she sang 'My Country, 'Tis of Thee'. She also brought the former president to tears when she performed a rendition of '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' at the Kennedy Centers Honorees tribute to Carole King in 2015.
Hillary Clinton also posted a lengthy, heartfelt message to Franklin, whom she called her 'friend'.
'Mourning the loss today of @ArethaFranklin who shared her spirit and talent with the world. She deserves not only our RESPECT but also our lasting gratitude for opening our eyes, ears and hearts. Rest in eternal peace, my friend,' she tweeted.
Former president Bill Clinton posted a touching tribute on Wednesday night, following news that Franklin was gravely ill.
'Like people all around the world, Hillary and I are thinking about Aretha Franklin tonight & listening to her music that has been such an important part of our lives the last 50 years,' he wrote. 'We hope you’ll lift her up by listening and sharing her songs that have meant the most to you.'
Aretha Franklin, pictured, 2017.
Franklin also performed 'My Country, 'Tis osf Thee' at Obama's inauguration in 2009. She's pictured performing at the ceremony in January 2009
Franklin, pictured, 2012
My view: Trump's narcissistic neediness, is unbelievable, such a vile creature, everything should be about him, nothing else matters; not the person being celebrated. Trump can't help himself, but to self-promote. He has to reveal to the world that he paid Aretha Franklin to perform in his casino and at the same time indirectly advertising his hotel, plain rude and arrogant.