- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Barbra Streisand partly blamed President Trump for the high school mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, saying the president’s actions and rhetoric “brings out the violence in people.”

Speaking to Variety magazine in an interview published Tuesday, the 10-time Grammy-winning singer suggested that 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who fatally shot 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, was “affected” by Mr. Trump’s election.

“I think even that shooter was affected because Trump brings out the violence in people. He says, ‘It’s OK — rally, lock her up,’” Ms. Streisand said, referring to Mr. Trump’s rally chant pertaining to his former Democratic presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.

“Everything he called Hillary, he is,” she said.

“He embodies the nasty remarks he makes about other people. He’s a liar. He’s crooked,” she added.

Ms. Streisand, who has kept in touch with Mrs. Clinton since her 2016 election loss, said she believes election fraud and voting machine tampering contributed to Mr. Trump’s win.

“I really believe she won the election,” she said. “I’ve talked to senators from Michigan and Wisconsin. I do believe, like I believed during Bush, they were playing with those voter machines. And [Al Gore] lost by 537 votes out of 104 million. And now, in retrospect, Bush looks quite good compared to Trump. At least he’s not mean-spirited. He’s not a guy who is retaliating for what Obama did at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.”


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