MSNBC contributor and Georgetown University sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson issued a scathing attack on President Donald Trump at the funeral for Aretha Franklin Friday, but also castigated former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama.
"You dopey doppelgänger of deceit and deviance!"
In a sermon-like eulogy, Dyson praised the iconic singer for using her enormous talent to advocate for social issues. "She was black girl magic before there was black girl magic," he told a receptive audience.
Then he launched into a vociferous invective against the president for his comments upon news of Franklin's death.
"And then this orange apparition had the nerve to say she worked for him!" Dyson told the audience. "You lugubrious leech! You dopey doppelgänger of deceit and deviance! You lethal liar, you dim-witted dictator, you foolish fascist!"
"She ain't work for you!" he exclaimed. "She worked above you! She worked beyond you! Get your preposition right!"
"Then he got the nerve to say he gonna grab it!" Dyson continued. "That ain't what Aretha Franklin said - I'mma give you something you can feel."
"Like the brothers in the streets say, tap lightly! Like a woodpecker with a headache!" he concluded.
Although the president had praised Franklin's incredible talent upon her passing, his critics latched onto the sentence where he divulged that she had performed at his casinos.
I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person I knew well. She worked for me on numerous occasions. She was terrific — Aretha Franklin — on her passing. She brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come. She was given a great gift from God — her voice, and she used to well. People loved Aretha. She was a special woman. So just want to pass on my warmest best wishes and sympathies to her family.
"That's why some black folk aren't here today..."
Dyson did not hold back from criticizing the Obamas for not showing up to the funeral however.
"She was about transforming the existence of black America!" Dyson said of Franklin. "Now negroes scared to say they black!"
"Scared to show up at a too black place!" he exclaimed to loud applause. "That's why some black folk aren't here today. They sendin' letters, they don't wanna get up in this blackness!"
"They don't want to feel the nasty power of this blackness!" he continued. "We are black in Detroit! We don't care! Take your shoes off! Dip in the water! Get baptized!"
Various viewers on social media immediately grasped that Dyson was referring to the Obamas, who sent letters to be read at the funeral, but did not make the trip to pay their respects to Franklin's memory.
Here's the video of Dyson's comments against Trump and Obama: