Legendary singers and film actresses Bette Midler and Barbra Streisand take to Twitter to speak their minds about our national embarrassment.
The New Yorker called Sen. John McCain’s funeral “the biggest resistance meeting yet” in a Saturday article, adding that: “Two ex-Presidents and one eloquent daughter teamed up to rebuke the pointedly uninvited Donald Trump.”
Continuing, The New Yorker reported that:
Trump’s name was never mentioned. It didn’t have to be. The funeral service for John Sidney McCain III, at the Washington National Cathedral, on this swampy Saturday morning, was all about a rebuke to the pointedly uninvited current President of the United States, which was exactly how McCain had planned it.
This was to be no mere laying to rest of a Washington wise man, nor just another funeral of an elder statesman whose passing would be marked by flowery words about the end of an era. It was a meeting of the Resistance, under vaulted ceilings and stained-glass windows.
Continuing, The New Yorker touched on some of the high points of the Saturday service, highlighting the words of former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama:
“Perhaps above all,” Bush said, “John detested the abuse of power.” When Bush talked about McCain’s dedication to America’s leadership in the world and his hatred of tyrants, how many of those listening thought of the current President’s praise for many of those same dictators whom McCain had been so proud to oppose? Of course they thought of it. That was the point.
In the line of his address that is sure to be its most quoted, Obama seemed to describe both Trump and the divisive way in which he has chosen to lead the country. “So much of our politics can seem small and mean and petty, trafficking in bombast and insult, in phony controversies and manufactured outrage,” Obama said. “It’s a politics that pretends to be brave, but in fact is born of fear. John called on us to be bigger than that. He called on us to be better than that.”
Singing legends Better Midler and Barbra Streisand both took to their Twitter accounts to share their thoughts on the memorial service and to add their voices to others speaking out against Trump and his politics of division.
Midler, aged 72, complimented the eulogies presented by the former presidents, tweeting: “Eulogies for #JohnMcCain, by #GeorgeBush and #BarackObama, so moving.”
Continuing, she took aim at Trump: “Thank you to both of them for lifting the veil we have been under these last 18 months and reminding all Americans who we REALLY are,” she concluded.
Eulogies for #JohnMcCain, by #GeorgeBush and #BarackObama , so moving. Thank you to both of them for lifting the veil we have been under these last 18 months and reminding all Americans who we REALLY are.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) September 1, 2018
Streisand took a more direct approach to expressing her disdain for Trump.
“Listening to President @BarackObama speaking so eloquently today makes me very sad at what we’re missing. Obama was criticized by Trump for playing too much golf. Where is our current president today? – playing golf as usual!” she tweeted.
Listening to President @BarackObama speaking so eloquently today makes me very sad at what we're missing. Obama was criticized by Trump for playing too much golf. Where is our current president today? – playing golf as usual!
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) September 1, 2018
Weighing in on the tweets, USA Today reported that: “Both stars have been vocal about their dislike of Trump.”
Streisand told USA TODAY in November that she can’t help being vocal when it comes to politics.
“Otherwise, I’d drown in candy and my ice-cream habit,” she joked.