Barbra Streisand rips Donald Trump to shreds during a recent interview promoting her new album, “Walls.”
Legendary actress and singer Barbra Streisand explained why she thinks “We’re in a war for the soul of America” during a recent interview that aired on British television network ITV at the end of September.
People Magazine discussed the interview, reporting that: “Speaking to ITV’s Good Morning Britain… the Grammy-winner revealed that the election of President Donald Trump inspired her to get political on her new album, Walls. She felt particularly emboldened by Trump’s treatment of Queen Elizabeth during his visit to London in July.”
“I couldn’t contain my emotions,” Streisand told host Ross King, adding: “I couldn’t contain my horror at this election and what kind of person that lacked grace and dignity and smarts and compassion.”
She paused, wondering out loud, “How did this happen?”
“To walk ahead of Queen Elizabeth, that was shocking,” she continued. “She’s 92 years old. Where are his manners? That’s what I’d like to know. Where are his manners? That kind of lack of dignity he does not deserve to be President of the United States.”
Continuing, People noted that “Walls is Streisand’s biggest collection of original music since Guilty Pleasures in 2005. Its overtly political tone is conveyed through songs such as pop-inspired single “Don’t Lie to Me.’”
The first two verses of that song speak a powerful truth:
“Why can’t you just tell me the truth?
Hard to believe the things you say.
Why can’t you feel the tears I cried today, cried today, cried today?
“How do you win if we all lose?
You change the facts to justify.
Your lips move, your words get in the way, in the way, in the way.”
The chorus is equally powerful:
“How do you sleep when the world is turning?
All that we built has come undone.
How do you sleep when the world is burning?
Everyone answers to someone.”
The Associate Press reported that Streisand stated that she wrote “Don’t Like to Me” about Trump.
When Barbra Streisand started writing lyrics for her new political song, “Don’t Lie to Me,” she initially aimed for “very subtle” references to President Donald Trump. But she couldn’t help herself. “I just went ballistic,” she said.
“I just can’t stand what’s going on,” Streisand continued. “His assault on our democracy, our institutions, our founders – I think we’re in a fight… We’re in a war for the soul of America.”
Continuing, Streisand – an outspoken Democrat – told the Associated Press: “I’m a kind of fierce American. I don’t know who we are anymore as a country. Are we embracing people who flee oppression? Or are we separating children from parents, putting them in cages? I don’t know if people care about the planet, the survival of the planet. Do they care about clean air? Clean water? Clean food? If they do, how could they vote for somebody like Trump, who believes it’s a hoax?”
Streisand also spoke out about the cover song on her latest album during her Good Morning Britain interview.
“The title song, ‘Walls,’ which I think is, for me, not only about structural walls – like the wall he wants to spend $25 billion on. Think of how much that could do in this country for education and gun safety,” Streisand explained. “A wall that you just have to have a higher ladder to get over. I don’t understand it, but it’s symbolic to him. This song says, ‘There’ll be a better day when all the walls come tumbling down.’”