Al Sharpton Misspells Famous Aretha Franklin Song: ‘R-E-S-P-I-C-T’

Amber Athey White House Correspondent
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Rev. Al Sharpton accidentally botched the spelling of Aretha Franklin’s famous song “Respect” while paying tribute to the late singer during his MSNBC show on Sunday.


Sharpton, the host of “PoliticsNation,” was criticizing President Donald Trump for calling former White House staffer and “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman a “dog,” asserting that “sometimes the dog bites back.”

“I think you might’ve learned the lesson this week, sometimes the dog bites back with a book deal,” Sharpton said.

Sharpton closed the segment by quoting perhaps Franklin’s most well-known song, 1967’s “Respect,” but he didn’t echo Franklin’s correct spelling of the song’s title.

Rather than reciting ‘R-E-S-P-E-C-T,’ Sharpton slipped an ‘I’ into the tail end of the word.

“So in the words of my late friend Aretha Franklin, show some R-E-S-P-I-C-T, and the next time you get a black woman and a beagle confused, remember this: I got you,” Sharpton said proudly.

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