Barbra Streisand joins the ranks of “lots and lots of famous people, just a s— ton of famous people” who have spoken out against Donald Trump.
In a new op-ed for The Huffington Post, Streisand denounces the Republican presidential candidate, calling him “a man who has bankrupted companies, reneged on bank loans, and cheated small business owners.”
She also highlights the false statements Trump has made on the campaign trail, his bankruptcy filing, and hateful comments that spurred acts of violence during Trump rallies. “Trump is both spreading and reflecting bigotry and hatred,” Streisand writes.
“One in five of his supporters believe slavery should never have been abolished and 61 percent believe President Obama wasn’t born in the United States,” Streisand continues before addressing Trump’s recent pivot on his birther conspiracy theory. “He sounds like a child on the playground trying to escape punishment.”
The Encore singer writes that this election cycle has left her devastated. “My heart sinks when I read that billions of dollars have already been spent during this Presidential election cycle. Just think what that kind of money could have done for medical research… our schools… our infrastructure.”
Streisand has long supported Clinton’s nomination and candidacy — she recently performed at a Clinton fundraiser and poked fun at Trump on The Tonight Show — and she concludes her essay with a rallying cry for the Democratic nominee: “There is NO equivalency between these two candidates. Only Hillary Clinton has the skills, the knowledge, the temperament and the compassion to lead this nation.”