In an essay that was published Wednesday by The Huffington Post, famed singer and actress Barbra Streisand attacked President-elect Donald Trump, expressing her concern for the country under his leadership and listing the numerous reasons why she thinks that he is unfit for the job.
In her essay, Streisand explained that her opposition to Trump doesn’t have to do purely with his policy positions. She argued that her disdain goes deeper, that it “isn’t simply a matter of Republican versus Democratic.”
‘This is a man who, on record and often on video, disparaged or outright ridiculed women, immigrants, the disabled and others. He lost the popular vote by nearly three million votes, and yet cannot seem to grasp that the president’s obligation is to at very least attempt to unite and respect all Americans.’
She added that, because of Trump’s long history of offensive behavior, she cannot respect him.
‘I have great respect for the experienced politicians who have served our nation with sincere regard to improve and protect the republic, even those I have often disagreed with. I cannot, however, respect a racist, xenophobic sexist who puts us all at risk with his behavior.’
Streisand then spent several paragraphs discussing Trump’s ties to Russia and his habit of disparaging the media. She also pointed out the deeply troubling fact that Trump has plenty of time to tweet, yet does not understanding the importance of dedicating time to intelligence briefings.
‘While preparing to become the president of the United States, he finds the time to tweet ― seemingly without anything more important to distract him ― about all of the TV shows, magazines and newspapers that don’t bolster his ego enough or that dare to print the facts of his lies … Meanwhile, he says he does not need to spend time sitting through intelligence briefings.’
After emphasizing that she is “terrified at what risks Trump poses to the world,” Streisand ended her essay by making impassioned pleas to both lawmakers and Americans in general. She implored the country’s representatives and senators to “do all they can to ensure that some semblance of justice is served in America, and the world is not put at great, unnecessary risk.”
She then turned her attention to the rest of the country, encouraging all Americans to “remain vigilant.”
‘The rest of us must remain vigilant. Write your representatives and senators. Make donations to groups that fight for equal rights, civil rights, freedom of the press, climate change measures, gun control regulation and healthcare mandates. Protest. Speak up. Help others. We are all in this together, and it is our right and responsibility to protect our freedoms and help our fellow citizens.’
This is not the first time that Streisand has called Donald Trump out for his appalling behavior, and it hopefully will not be the last. In September of last year, The Huffington Post published another op-ed of Streisand’s titled “Facts Matter,” in which she criticized Trump for the number of times he has been caught bending the truth or flat out lying.
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