Barbra Streisand publicly ranted about President Donald Trump in a Variety op-ed Tuesday, calling him a “one-man weapon of mass destruction … so reckless that he almost started a war.”
The article was only the latest anti-Trump screed by the 77-year-old actress and singer, who recorded an album “Walls” in 2018, dedicated as a protest against the president.
“Every morning I wake up, holding my breath while I turn on my phone to see the latest news,” Streisand wrote in Variety. “I think to myself, ‘It can’t be worse than yesterday.’ But when the news loads, I think, ‘Ohhhhh, yes, it is worse.’”
Although Streisand accused Trump of bringing the country to the brink of war, she never explained the reference. Some liberal critics blasted Trump for ordering a Jan. 2 drone strike that killed Iranian commander and wanted terrorist Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.
The two-time Academy Award winner also alluded to what therapists, in 2018, called “Trump Anxiety Disorder” — and conservatives have dubbed Trump Derangement Syndrome, writing: “No wonder doctors report that more people than ever are anxious and depressed.”
Streisand called “Trump’s world” a “place of paranoia” and railed against his firing of James Comey as FBI director, his handling of the coronavirus outbreak and his refusal to be “humbled” by impeachment. She failed to mention he was acquitted.
“We need a new America, without pollution, without obscenities, without insults, without revenge,” she continued. “We need to restore the nobility of truth … and only then will America be great again.”
Barbra Streisand has trashed Donald Trump before
During an August 2019 show at Madison Square Garden, Streisand rewrote the lyrics to Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway classic “Send in the Clowns” to mock Trump.
Streisand’s version followed up the opening line – “He says he’s rich/ Maybe he’s poor/ ‘Til he reveals his returns/ Who can be sure?/ Who is this clown?” – by adding: “Something’s amiss/ I don’t approve/ Now that’s he’s running the free world where can we move?/ Maybe a town/ Just who is this clown?”
The lyrics referenced an ongoing legal battle between the president and New York state officials over the release of his tax returns. Former first couple Bill and Hillary Clinton and New York Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler were in the audience.
“Jerry, you know what I’m talking about,” she said, addressing Nadler.
As Streisand finished her performance of the song, a screen behind her flashed images of the White House made to look like a circus tent and Trump’s face wearing a clown nose.
Streisand is not alone. A number of other aging feminist celebrities have joined her in resisting Trump at a level beyond the standard Hollywood pablum.
Former “Charmed” actress Alyssa Milano has been among the most vocal critics of the president. In a tweet last month, she demanded her 3.6 million to join her in “SCREAMING” about the threat of Russian 2020 election interference on behalf of Trump.
Days later, Cher, another anti-Trump septuagenarian diva, despaired on Twitter that none of the Democratic presidential candidates appeared capable of defeating Trump. She urged her 3.7 million Twitter followers to pray for an alternative “MAGNETIC LEADER” to get the job done.
Streisand, for her part, has yet to endorse a particular Democratic candidate. But she did argue Monday on Twitter that Biden is the candidate Trump fears most.
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