After news broke that Aretha Franklin passed away on Thursday, tributes to the Queen of Soul started pouring in from fans and celebrities.
Donald Trump attempted to pay his respects to the late legend, and he messed up the tribute by suggesting Franklin once worked for him.
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Folks quickly caught wind of the ridiculous statement and went in on POTUS on social media.
He tweeted a different tune so we’re guessing he had some help.
“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!,” he posted.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2018
While we’re certain Aretha Franklin never worked for Trump, she did manage to win 18 Grammys and sold more than 75 million albums throughout her career.
She has been a beloved figure in the entertainment industry for decades and turned out 112 charted singles, 17 top 10 pop singles, and 20 No.1 R&B singles. Her 1967 hit “Respect” is the ultimate civil rights and feminist anthem and will forever be known as her signature song.
Franklin sang at the inaugurations of Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Former President George W. Bush in 2005.
Her last public performance was last year at the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NYC.
On Thursday, the iconic singer lost her battle with pancreatic cancer and died at her home in Detroit.
Her niece, Rev. Brigette Franklin, issued the following statement exclusively to theGrio:
“Thank everyone on behalf of our family for all of the phone calls, text messages, social media posts, emails and inbox messages. We are so thankful for the many lives that our beloved aunt Ree touched.”
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