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Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Barbra Streisand delivers scathing speech about the 'nightmare that is Donald Trump' and says the country 'can't survive four more years' during star-studded virtual Joe Biden fundraiser

Barbra Streisand is supporting Joe Biden in the next presidential election and she delivered a scathing speech about Donald Trump's 'incompetence' to close a virtual Biden fundraiser on Sunday.
The 78-year-old spoke for eight minutes about the 'nightmare that is Donald Trump', telling viewers the country 'can't survive four more years' under his presidency.
The fundraiser, dubbed Celebration for Change, was hosted by Jay Leno and held exactly 100 days before the election.
Outspoken: Barbra Streisand is supporting Joe Biden in the next presidential election and she delivered a scathing speech about Donald Trump's 'incompetence' to close a virtual Biden fundraiser on Sunday
Outspoken: Barbra Streisand is supporting Joe Biden in the next presidential election and she delivered a scathing speech about Donald Trump's 'incompetence' to close a virtual Biden fundraiser on Sunday
The event featured guest speakers and performances from the likes of Hillary Clinton, Lee Daniels, Billie Jean King, John Legend, Titus Burgess, Jane Krakowski and Dave Matthews.
While Streisand didn't perform at the star-studded virtual showcase, she spoke out in a powerful closing speech that extolled the virtues of Joe Biden and served as a withering commentary on Donald Trump.     

'We're living in the nightmare that is Donald Trump who is pouring gasoline on the fire,' she said in a measured, even tone. 'He calls himself the law and order president, but he doesn't obey the law and he can't keep the order.'
'This reckless man doesn't have the wisdom or the character to lead our nation,' she added.
Biden2020: The 78-year-old spoke for eight minutes about the 'nightmare that is Donald Trump', telling viewers the country 'can't survive four more years' under his presidency
Biden2020: The 78-year-old spoke for eight minutes about the 'nightmare that is Donald Trump', telling viewers the country 'can't survive four more years' under his presidency
All in for Joe: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt stars Titus Burgess and Jane Krakowski joined a dozen other performers to kick off the event with a parody of Magic to Do from Pippen
All in for Joe: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt stars Titus Burgess and Jane Krakowski joined a dozen other performers to kick off the event with a parody of Magic to Do from Pippen
Streisand's impassioned speech touched on the current state of unrest across all corners of the U.S. from the coronavirus, the resulting economic recession and the death of George Floyd. 
'Our country is coming apart,' she said. Adding that there have been 'shocking violations of civil rights.'
'A few weeks ago, Trump called out the troops against peaceful protesters. That is what cowards do when they are scared,' The legendary singer said. 
Streisand recalled her own performances on behalf of the disenfranchised following the assassinations Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 saying 'black lives mattered then and they matter now.' 
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'A few weeks ago, Trump called out the troops against peaceful protesters. That is what cowards do when they are scared,' The legendary singer said.
In his corner: Streisand called Biden a 'decent ethical man with an open mind and an open heart.' Adding that he would lead with 'empathy' which the country needs 'now more than ever.'
'A few weeks ago, Trump called out the troops against peaceful protesters. That is what cowards do when they are scared,' The legendary singer said.
'Let's face it, Trump is unfit, mentally and morally, to hold this distinguished office,' she said. Going on to add that 'we don't need a bully as a president' who 'corrupts' the system of checks and balances.
'Let's face it, Trump is unfit, mentally and morally, to hold this distinguished office,' she said. Going on to add that 'we don't need a bully as a president' who 'corrupts' the system of checks and balances.
'No one should die with a knee on their neck. Systemic racism has to be uprooted. People need to be heard, valued and cared for,' Barbra pleaded.
That person, in her eyes, is Joe Biden who she called 'decent ethical man with an open mind and an open heart.' Adding that he would lead with 'empathy' which the country needs 'now more than ever.'   
The beloved icon spoke directly to the camera from what appeared to be a distinguished library in her home. 
She was dressed a black blazer, black top and a black beaded necklace with her signature blonde lob hair blown out straight in her usual style. 
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'Donald Trump has failed us. And we cannot survive four more years of his incompetence. I'm sad and embarrassed by his lack of humanity,' Barbra told viewers.
'I don't know whether to laugh or cry at Trump's blatant narcissism and his daily delusions.'
'Donald Trump has failed us. And we cannot survive four more years of his incompetence. I'm sad and embarrassed by his lack of humanity,' Barbra told viewers.
'Donald Trump has failed us. And we cannot survive four more years of his incompetence. I'm sad and embarrassed by his lack of humanity,' Barbra told viewers. 
'But Joe Biden understands the anguish we're feeling right now. He will listen to people rather than greeting them with guns. All they want is justice. It's as simple as that.'
In drawing a contrast between the two candidates, the Oscar winner said that a President Biden would be protector of the climate, support a women's right to choose, protect LGBTQ+ community and champion racial equality.
Adding that Biden would lead with 'grace and dignity who has respect for the truth unlike Trump, who doesn't believe in facts'. 
Trump responding to Biden calling him 'the first racist President'
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Road to the White House: The event featured guest speakers and performances from the likes of Hillary Clinton, Lee Daniels, Billie Jean King, John Legend, Titus Burgess, Jane Krakowski and Dave Matthews
Fun! Many performers did a combination of their own music and parody performances where the lyrics were changed for Biden (Dave Matthews pictured)
Road to the White House: The event featured guest speakers and performances from the likes of Hillary Clinton, Lee Daniels, Billie Jean King, John Legend, Titus Burgess, Jane Krakowski and Dave Matthews (Legend and Matthews pictured)
Vote! The fundraiser, dubbed Celebration for Change, was streamed on social media exaxtly 100 days before the election (Sara Bareilles pictured)
Vote! The fundraiser, dubbed Celebration for Change, was streamed on social media exaxtly 100 days before the election (Sara Bareilles pictured)
'Let's face it, Trump is unfit, mentally and morally, to hold this distinguished office,' she said. Going on to add that 'we don't need a bully as a president' who 'corrupts' the system of checks and balances.
A longtime, outspoken opponent of Donald Trump, Streisand summed up her feelings saying 'I don't know whether to laugh or cry at Trump's blatant narcissism and his daily delusions.'
Streisand's speech wrapped up the nearly hour and a half digital fundraiser which, according to host Jay Leno, had raised $760,000 and counting.
Biden did not appear during the digital event. 
Success: While Joe Biden didn't appear at the Celebration for Change virtual event, Jay Leno said it raised over $760K
Success: While Joe Biden didn't appear at the Celebration for Change virtual event, Jay Leno said it raised over $760K

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