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‘ A struggle for the feeling of America ‘: Barbra Streisand takes on Trump- and she’s not kidding about

She has long spoken out against the current US president, but with her brand-new music, Streisand has declared an all-out battle. If anyone has a big enough voice to be heard, its her …

In 2016, Barbra Streisand wrote a column for the Huffington Post in which she criticized the then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. He is” a narcissist who has shown no reference for anyone but himself”, she wrote.” A bigoted and misogynist reality-TV character with no political know-how and no uneasiness about lying aloud and often .” In November, Streisand will release Walls, her first book of original material since 2005.” This collecting of psalms reflects what’s been on my head lately, and I look forward to sharing that with you ,” she tweeted.

Judging by its induce single, what appears to have been on her brain lately is very much what was on her psyche in 2016. The first way to be exhausted is called Don’t Lie to Me, and its target seems grassland.” Your cheeks move but your words get in the way ,” she sings, as fibres swell with a typical elegance for melodrama.” How do “youre sleeping” when the world is burning? Everyone answers to someone .”( It has echoes of another pop star’s presidential potshot, Pink’s Dear Mr President from 2006, which too constituted the issue of how to the then-president, George W Bush, could sleep at night .)

Don’t Lie to Me identifies no epithets, although Streisand aims at” monarches and monarches, robbers and thieves” who” built towers of copper and amber”, which could be taken either as an admission that she’s not #TeamLannister for the final season of Game of Thrones, or a dig at Trump’s bloated-banker-monarch take on interior design.

It makes up an fascinating battle of the diva versus the Donald, and certainly Streisand, who says she is” a fierce American”, has a big enough voice to be heard. She told Associated Press that she had hoped to be ” very subtle” with Don’t Lie to Me, which is, of course , not a very Streisand thing to aspire to. Obviously, there was no chance of it turning out that channel.” I simply became ballistic ,” she said.” We’re in a crusade for the mind of America .”

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