The world is in mourning after the death of soul legend Aretha Franklin.
The US President somehow managed to make the death of one of his country’s greatest icons all about himself.
“I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person I knew well,” he began, before bizarrely adding “She worked for me on numerous occasions.”
The rest of his statement was not too bad by Trump standards – it didn’t make sense at points, but didn’t continue to be downright offensive.
“She’s brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire generations to come,” President Donald Trump said Thursday, expressing condolences to the late Aretha Franklin’s family at his cabinet meeting. pic.twitter.com/1zGSWJLVj8
— POLITICO (@politico) August 16, 2018
“She was terrific – Aretha Franklin – on her passing.”
“She brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come.
“She was given a great gift from God — her voice, and she used to well. People loved Aretha. She was a special woman. So just want to pass on my warmest best wishes and sympathies to her family.”
Social media users reacted with a mixture of outrage, disbelief and sighs of dissapointment once the words were shared on Twitter.
What about “best wishes”. Wtf extends best wishes on some ones death.
— Cindi French (@ciddurban) August 16, 2018