- The Washington Times - Friday, August 31, 2018

Al Sharpton got a standing ovation for mocking President Trump at Aretha Franklin’s star-studded funeral in Detroit on Friday.

The civil rights leader and MSNBC host started off by poking fun at himself for making headlines recently after misspelling “respect” during a tribute for Franklin on his news show.

“You know the other Sunday on my show, I misspelled ‘respect,’ and a lot of y’all corrected me,” Mr. Franklin said.

“Now I want y’all to help me correct President Trump to teach him what it means,” he joked, much to the crowd’s delight. “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.”

Franklin died August 16 at age 76 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Upon news of her death, Mr. Trump extended condolences to Franklin’s family and noted that the iconic singer worked for him “on numerous occasions” when she was contracted to perform at his hotels.

Mr. Sharpton declared, “Aretha never took orders from nobody but God.”

He also read a letter from former President Barack Obama, who was not in attendance but wrote: “Aretha truly was one of a kind. And as you pay tribute, know we’ll be saying a little prayer for you. And we’ll be thinking of all of Aretha’s loved ones in the days and weeks to come.”

Franklin’s memorial Friday at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit was attended by a host of celebrities and dignitaries, including Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Rick Snyder, Smokey Robinson and Chaka Khan. Singer Gladys Knight, who also attended the funeral, revealed Friday that she also has pancreatic cancer.

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