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The Daily BeastAug 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin Bashed Trump in Private, Blew Off Inauguration Invite
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastThe late "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin hated the political rise of Donald Trump. But that didn't stop him from trying, and failing, to book her to perform at his 2017 inauguration.

Shortly after his shock election victory, then President-elect Trump tasked Tom Barrack, his longtime friend and the chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, with reaching out to Franklin to ask if she would perform at an inaugural event and concert, according to three sources familiar with what happened. Trump had long considered the legendary singer a friend, and wanted the offer framed as an opportunity to help bring the country back together after a brutal, bruising presidential election.

However, Team Trump's contacts in Hollywood failed to secure the legendary singer for the inauguration.

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