Donald Trump gave his condolences to Aretha Franklin, who died at the age of 76 of pancreatic cancer, by saying: “I knew her well — she worked for me on numerous occasions.” She didn’t “work” for him, though — she performed for him.
The Queen of England paid tribute to the Queen of Soul in a spectacular way and showed Trump how it’s done. During the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Friday morning, the day of Franklin’s funeral, the Band of the Welsh Guards belted out an upbeat, brassy rendition of Franklin’s 1967 hit “Respect” in front of tourists who were visiting the palace.
The British Army explained in a statement that Franklin has been a huge influence on their musicians.
“The Band of the Welsh Guards are world famous for their musical versatility and professional performance and this morning paid tribute to another musical icon and one that has been of huge influence and inspiration to our musicians – Aretha Franklin, whose funeral was being held in Detroit 3,748 miles away, at the same time of the Queen’s Guard Change,” the statement read.
The military spokesperson continued to say that the song is “a declaration from a strong confident woman who knows that she has everything.”
The unit showed admiration for Ms. Franklin on their Facebook page, too.
“In the Army Respect for others underpins all that we do, so there was only one tune that would do for today’s ceremony: the 1967 Aretha Franklin hit ‘R.E.S.P.E.C.T.,’ a declaration from a strong confident woman who knows that she has everything.”
Rev. Al Sharpton clapped back at Trump today during the proceedings for Franklin.
“You know the other Sunday on my show, I misspelled ‘respect,’ and a lot of y’all corrected me,” he said jokingly. “Now I want y’all to help me correct President Trump to teach him what it means.” And he did. Aretha didn’t work for Trump, he said, “she used to perform for you. She worked for us. Aretha never took orders from nobody but God.”
Rest in power, Ms. Franklin.
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