MSNBC “PoliticsNation” host Rev. Al Sharpton criticized President Donald Trump on Sunday for calling former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman a dog.
He said the president needs to be more respectful. But while making his point, Sharpton botched the famous lyrics of singer Aretha Franklin. The iconic singer, who died last week at age 76, was friends with Sharpton.
The Free Beacon reports,
Sharpton was addressing Trump’s insults toward Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former White House aide and “Apprentice” contestant who wrote a new tell-all book criticizing him. Trump called Newman a “dog,” a favorite insult of his that Sharpton called an “animalistic slur.”
“I think you might’ve learned the lesson this week, sometimes the dog bites back with a book deal,” Sharpton said.
Sharpton concluded his comments with a reference to Franklin’s 1967 hit “Respect,” in which the singer spelled the word out. Sharpton and Franklin, who died last week at the age of 76, were close friends.
“So in the words of my late friend Aretha Franklin, show some R-E-S-P-I-C-T, and the next time you get a black woman and a beagle confused, remember this: I got you,” Sharpton said.
In the song, Franklin did not spell it that way.
Sharpton also made it clear in his comments that Trump was getting his comeuppance from the bad publicity associated with Newman’s book.
“You know what they say about payback, it’s a real, well, I’m sure you know the word I’m thinking of,” Sharpton said.