Trump Attacked Chrissy Teigen and John Legend on Twitter “for talking now about how great” the reform is, but not playing a role when it mattered.
President Trump took to Twitter to recognize his own success in criminal justice reform and attacked celebrities for not acknowledging his efforts, namely singer John Legend and his “filthy-mouthed wife” Chrissy Teigen.
Trump late Sunday lashed out at NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, along with singer John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen, prompting the celebrity couple to tag-team on Twitter attacks against the president after he referred to the supermodel as Legend’s “filthy-mouthed wife.”
Trump started tweeting after Holt’s town hall, filmed inside New York’s Sing Sing prison, aired on MSNBC Sunday night, reports The Washington Post. Holt, who was joined on the program by Legend, asked prisoners about their ideas for changing the prison system.
Legend replied to Trump’s tweet by appealing to the first lady.
“Imagine being president of a whole country and spending your Sunday night hate-watching MSNBC hoping somebody—ANYBODY—will praise you. Melania, please praise this man. He needs you,” he tweeted. A minute later he tweeted, “Your country needs you, Melania.”
However, Holt didn’t speak about the First Step Act, a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill signed by Trump last December, which urged Trump to post a four-tweet complaint that included calling Legend a “boring musician” and labeling Teigen, who has been criticizing Trump on Twitter since before his election, as “filthy-mouthed.”
Teigen hit back at Trump with an expletive, noting that he didn’t tag her by name and pointing out that “the absolute best part of his tweet is I literally didn’t speak in the special, nor was I mentioned.”
The news channel was airing “Justice For All,” a special on mass incarceration in the country and Legend was examined during the broadcast.
Teigen called the president a “p***y a** b***h” for tagging “everyone” but her in his tweet. Legend, in a tongue-in-cheek appeal, asked that followers not to retweet the rude comment as a hashtag.
40-year-old Legend and his wife have been fierce critics of the president. The Grammy winner called Trump a “piece of s***” and a canker sore on the country after the president’s criticism of Baltimore.
In an interview with USA Today, Teigen stated, “I’ve actually been a big Donald Trump hater [for a long time]. I’ve been trolling him for about five to seven years now,” she added. “I’ve been doing this forever, and I take pride in that.”
The dispute started when the President, clearly venting about a town hall on criminal justice reform that aired on MSNBC Sunday night, tweeted that he and other Republicans should be getting more credit for signing the First Step Act into law. The legislation, approved back in December, includes measures that allow thousands of federal convicts to leave prison ahead than they otherwise would have, eases some mandatory least sentences and gives judges more freedom in sentencing, among other things.
It had backing from lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle and received personal attention from Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner.”I SIGNED IT INTO LAW, no one else did, & Republicans deserve much credit.
But now that it is passed, people that had practically nothing to do with it are taking the praise,” the President tweeted on Sunday night. Trump Attacked Chrissy Teigen and John Legend.”Guys like boring musician @johnlegend, and his filthy-mouthed wife, are talking now about how great it is – but I didn’t see them around when we required help getting it passed,” the President tweeted.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have long been outspoken opponents of Trump, and have made their ideological disagreements known throughout the course of his presidency and his presidential campaign.
Back in March 2016, Legend got into a heated argument with Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., in which he deemed the future-president “racist.”