Robyn ‘Rihanna’ Fenty, Barbadian singer and entrepreneur, has slammed Donald Trump, US president, describing him as “the most mentally ill human being in America”.
The singer and actress launched the scathing attack on Trump when she spoke with Vogue Magazine about her music, business ventures, and politics.
The 31-year-old Grammy winner also disclosed her fears when it comes to being an immigrant in America.
When asked to speak on the pair of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that claimed the lives of 32 people in August, Rihanna directed her displeasure at Trump for “being so dismissive of mass shootings because they are so often carried out by white men.”
“It is devastating. People are being murdered by war weapons that they legally purchase. This is just not normal. That should never, ever be normal,” said Rihanna.
“And the fact that it’s classified as something different because of the colour of their skin? It’s a slap in the face. It’s completely racist.”
“Put an Arab man with that same weapon in that same Walmart and there is no way that Trump would sit there and address it publicly as a mental health problem. The most mentally ill human being in America right now seems to be the president.”
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@badgalriri is our November issue cover star! She talks to @abbyaguirre about @fenty, that album you’re waiting for, being happy in love, and, oh yes, she has a few choice words for the president. Tap the link in our bio for the full profile. Photographed by @ethanjamesgreen, styled by @tonnegood, written by @abbyaguirre, Vogue, November 2019.
In the wake of the El Paso shooting, Trump had taken to Twitter where he described the “hateful” attack as “an act of cowardice.”
Today’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, was not only tragic, it was an act of cowardice. I know that I stand with everyone in this Country to condemn today’s hateful act. There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2019
He further added that “mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger — not the gun.”
In the publication, Rihanna admitted that she declined a Super Bowl halftime show opportunity out of support for Colin Kaepernick.
“Absolutely. I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way,” she said.
Rihanna also talked about her upcoming album, which will be reggae-influenced.
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