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Barbra Streisand Roasts Donald Trump With “Send In The Clowns” Parody

Streisand performed at a Hillay Clinton fundraiser Friday night in New York.

Barbra Streisand performed at an LGBT fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in New York Friday night, and used the opportunity to poke fun at Donald Trump.

Singing a revamped version of “Send in the Clowns,” Streisand poked fun at Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns and his plans for a “big fantasy wall.”

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The sold-out event, which had tickets selling for anywhere between $1,200 to $250,000, drew Rufus Wainwright (who also performed), Laverne Cox (who introduced Clinton), Andy Cohen, Cynthia Nixon, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Michael Urie and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, as well as allies like Donna Karan, Debra Messing and Mary Louise Parker.

Messing recorded Streisand’s parody and posted it on Twitter in celebration of the “Trump harpoon.”

 

 

 
VERSE 1
IS HE THAT RICH?
MAYBE HE’S POOR?
’TIL HE REVEALS HIS RETURNS
WHO CAN BE SURE?
WHO NEEDS THIS CLOWN?

VERSE 2
SOMETHING’S AMISS
I DON’T APPROVE
IF HE WERE RUNNING THE FREE WORLD,
WHERE WOULD WE MOVE?
NAME ME A TOWN?
JUST WHO IS THIS CLOWN?
 

 
BRIDGE
AND WHEN WE THOUGHT WE’D HEARD IT ALL
HUFFING AND PUFFING ABOUT HIS BIG FANTASY WALL
MAKING HIS ENTRANCE ON STAGE…
HE JUST SHOOTS FROM THE HIP
HE’S FULL OF BULL
HE’S LOST HIS GRIP!

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VERSE 3
AND IF BY CHANCE
HE GETS TO HEAVEN
EVEN UP THERE HE’LL DECLARE…
CHAPTER ELEVEN!
WHO’D HIRE THIS CLOWN?
THIS SAD VULGAR CLOWN…
“YOU’RE FIRED,” YOU CLOWN!

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BRIDGE 2

HILLARY’S KIND…
AND SMART THAT IS CLEAR
WHILE SHE IS GIVING US HOPE…
TRUMP IS SELLING US FEAR
LOOK HOW HE CHANGES HIS VIEWS EVERY TIME THAT HE SPEAKS
IT’S LIE AFTER LIE
CAN’T TAKE EIGHT MORE WEEKS!

VERSE 4
THIS IS NO FARCE
MAYBE HE’S BROKE?
IS THIS “THE ART OF HIS DEAL”
OR SOME AWFUL JOKE?
YOU’VE GOT TO ADMIT…
THIS SILLY HALF-WIT…
IS SO FULL OF ****!

BroadwayWorld.com reports Barbra’s set also included “Everything” from the 1976 version of A Star is BornFunny Girl and “Losing My Mind” from the Sondheim musical Follies.

She closed with an emotional rendition of “Happy Days Are Here Again,” remarking “I hope that in a few months, I’ll be singing this for the next President Clinton!”

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22:  (Exclusive Coverage) Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Barbra Streisand and Former US President Bill Clinton backstage at the 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 22, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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The former First Lady has the gay-diva vote on lock: not only did Babs pull in major bucks Friday night, but Madonna endorsed Hillary earlier this month and Cher has appeared at fundraisers in Miami, Fire Island and Provincetown. (Liza, you better hop to it.)

In her remarks at Friday’s event, Clinton declared that half of Donald Trump’s supporters fall into the “the basket of deplorables… the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it.”

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09:  Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during he LGBT for Hillary Gala at Cipriani Club on September 9, 2016 in New York City.  Hillary Clinton is attending fundraisers and  in New York City.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The other segment, she said, are people who are “just hungry for change… It doesn’t really even matter where it comes from.”

“At the very least if you know someone who is thinking of voting for Trump, please have an intervention,” she pleaded. “That’s one conversion therapy I can endorse: Friends don’t let friends vote Trump.”

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