Al Sharpton can’t spell ‘Respect’ — even though the song tells you how to
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During his “Gotcha” segment on “PoliticsNation” Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, MSNBC anchor Rev. Al Sharpton misspoke and spelled “respect” wrong when referencing his “late friend” Aretha Franklin’s iconic song:
- The segment discussed Donald Trump’s reference to former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman as a “dog.”
- Trump referred to Newman as a “dog” and “lowlife” in a tweet after the release of her book “Unhinged,” which was critical of him and his administration.
- “Sometimes, the dog bites back with a book deal,” noted Sharpton.
- Continuing the dog theme, Sharpton then said, “While we’re talking about female canines, you know what they say about payback, it’s a real … well, you, I’m sure you know the word I’m thinking of.”
- Sharpton, who often stumbles over words while on air, got into trouble when he tied everything back together.
- “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 gotcha.”
- With that, the show took a quick cut to black.
- Franklin’s song “Respect” literally spells out the word in a well known line — with an “E” instead of the “I” Sharpton used.
- Conservative media outlets, including the Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller and Washington Free Beacon, were quick to report the incident.
- Watch the clip of the incident below.