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New Book Claims 'No Amount Of Money' Could Get Aretha Franklin To Sing At President Trump's Inauguration

You might remember President Donald Trump's inauguration as the event that literally no one wanted to perform at.

While the president did manage to secure a performance by Three Doors Down, it was underwhelming to say the least.

According to the new book Sinking in the Swamp: How Trump’s Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington by reporters Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng, President Trump was really hoping for a performance by QUEEN Aretha Franklin at his inauguration.

"In the days after election night, President-elect Trump ordered Tom Barrack, his longtime confidant who was chairing the Presidential Inaugural Committee, to reach out to the music icon or her people to see if she would sing at his inaugural concert,” the book reads.

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"Trump, who knew Franklin leaned liberal and had sung for Obama, had for years claimed the legendary soul artist was his dear ‘friend’ and desired it to be pitched to her as a chance to bridge the ideological chasm and to help heal the country following an emotional, unsparing general election."

The book continues: 'What Franklin never got the chance to tell Trump to his face is that around the time she had learned of Team Trump’s overtures, she privately stressed to friends that ‘no amount of money’ could make the singer, a committed Hillary Clinton supporter, perform at a Trump inauguration."

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"More bluntly, in the year and a half before she passed away, Aretha Franklin would repeatedly call Donald Trump ‘despicable’ and, even more pointedly, a huge ‘piece of [expletive]".

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