Perhaps Slick Willy was too enamored by Ariana Grande's rendition of "Natural Woman" by the late Aretha Franklin to notice that he was sitting on stage with the infamous, Anti-semite and hate-monger, Louis Farakahn. But really, this video of Bill watching Grande is one you need to see to believe. What a pervert. Whatever the case, the 42nd president of the United States, Bill Clinton, gleefully shared floor space with arguably one of the most divisive and bigoted American figures in recent memory at yesterday's memorial service to the Queen of Soul.
President Bill Clinton, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Min. Farrakhan were all given special seats in the front row at Aretha Franklin's funeral service. Franklin passed away on August 16th from pancreatic cancer. As noted by the Washington Examiner, "Franklin was awarded the National Medal of the Arts and Humanities by Clinton in 1999. She sang at Clinton’s inauguration in 1993, in addition to the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in 1999." The two had mutual respect and admiration for each other.
Since at least the early 70s, Franklin and Farrakahn have had some sort of friendship. Farrakhan, who became the leader of the Nation of Islam in 1977, wrote after her death that,"‘In 1972 when I was a minister in New York City, Temple No 7, the police attacked our mosque. Within a few hours, Aretha Franklin came to the mosque, to my office, and said that she saw the news and came as quickly as she could to stand with us and offer us her support.'"
Farrakhan is notorious for making hateful comments against Jewish people, white people, and virtually anybody not black. As noted by the Daily Caller, Farrkahn said in 2011, "Some of you think that I’m just somebody who’s got something out for the Jewish people. You’re stupid. Do you think I would waste my time if I did not think it was important for you to know Satan? My job is to pull the cover off of Satan so that he will never deceive you and the people of the world again."
And in, February of 2018 Farrakhan said, "White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God's grace, has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew and I'm here to say your time is up, your world is through," while at a speech in he gave in Chicago.
There are countless other examples of his derogatory speech from across the decades. Farrakhan's hateful remarks are so universally disavowed, the Nation of Islam was even designated as a hate group by the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center.
So, where's the outrage from the left against Bill Clinton for sitting on stage with this man? Keep in mind this funeral occurred just days after Ivanka Trump was lambasted by media outlets for posing with a photo with Jimmy Garlow, an evangelical pastor who is against gay marriage and said that, "if I were Satan, if I were the devil, I’d want to destroy the imagery of male and female coming together with the light and joy, covenantal marriage on earth.” Surely, some will argue that President Clinton was simply honoring the respects of the deceased Aretha Franklin and was sitting there because she requested him alongside Farrakhan, but it's fairly obvious that if a conservative or a republican had taken the stage with such a divisive and hateful figure that they would not have been given the benefit of the doubt by the left.