Barbra Streisand Celebrates Hillary Victory on First Night of Tour

Ten-time Grammy-winning singer and longtime Democratic Party contributor Barbra Streisand kicked off her summer tour in Los Angeles Tuesday night with what one attendee described as a joyous celebration of Hillary Clinton’s nomination for presidency of the United States.

According to the Drudge Report, the 74-year-old entertainer was in a “celebratory mood” as she performed at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the opening night of her tour, gleefully skewering Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump before performing her 1962 hit “Happy Days Are Here Again.”

“Our genetic makeup is 99.9 percent identical to every person on the face of the earth. The other .1 percent is Donald Trump!” the singer reportedly joked during the performance.

One attendee told Drudge that Streisand appeared to be “dancing” on Trump’s “grave” and “partying like it was [Hillary’s] inauguration.”

Streisand did, in fact, perform at a Clinton inauguration; specifically, at Bill Clinton’s inauguration gala, in 1993. The singer performed a number of her hits, including “Evergreen,” which she said was Bill Clinton’s favorite song.

Streisand has been a longtime Democratic Party contributor, and helped raise money for President Obama’s reelection in 2012.

The singer has also been a vocal critic of Donald Trump, telling ABC News in November that she is “not worried” about the prospect of a Trump presidency.

“It’s terrifyingly scary, but it’s funny. But scary,” Streisand said then, referring to the prospect of Trump winning the White House. “I want Hillary Clinton to be president. We need a woman president. We need compassion. We need to have a person who comes from the heart and the brain, and experience. Experience counts.”

Streisand’s choice of “Happy Days Are Here Again” at her Los Angeles concert may have been no coincidence; according to TIME, the song has been associated with the Democratic Party ever since it became the “unofficial” campaign theme song for Franklin D. Roosevelt at the 1932 Democratic National Convention.

According to Variety, Streisand noted at the concert that she’d sung the tune for three sitting presidents — John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Bill Clinton.

“And I hope in a few months from now I will be singing it for the next President Clinton,” Streisand said.

 

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