Little did Trump know, starting an online feud with Teigen and Legend would soon lead to a new a new trending term on Twitter, #PresidentPussyAssBitch.
In a series of four angry tweets Trump said, “When all of the people pushing so hard for Criminal Justice Reform were unable to come even close to getting it done, they came to me as a group and asked for my help. I got it done with a group of Senators & others who would never have gone for it. Obama couldn’t come close…. ”
“A man named @VanJones68 and many others, were profusely grateful (at that time!). I SIGNED IT INTO LAW, no one else did, & Republicans deserve much credit. But now that it is passed, people that had virtually nothing to do with it are taking the praise. 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 needed help getting it passed.”
The President continued his rant by saying, “Anchor” @LesterHoltNBC doesn’t even bring up the subject of President Trump or the Republicans when talking about….the importance or passage of Criminal Justice Reform. They only talk about the minor players, or people that had nothing to do with it…And the people that so desperately sought my help when everyone else had failed, all they talk about now is Impeaching President Trump!”
Why Is Trump So Mad at John Legend & Chrissy Teigen?
In the news special, EGOT Award winner Legend spoke to Lester Holt about the country’s “broken criminal justice system,” and encouraged viewers to get involved with Free America, the campaign he started to help make a difference.
Legend visits prisons and speaks to those incarcerated and explained, “I want to hear from them and communicate their concerns. They are pretty far out of our urban centers, out of sight and out of mind for most Americans, and don’t get heard from very often. I like to go and just listen and learn spread the message of reform.”
Legend’s Free America campaign started in 2014, years before Trump was President. The 40-year-old, who shares two children with wife Chrissy, 33, who’s a best-selling author, model, and TV host, has been striving to make a difference to the criminal justice for reasons that go beyond Trump and his policies.
On the campaign’s official website it states, “FREEAMERICA strives to build thriving, just, and equitable communities by giving every person freedom from the systemic hurdles that hold them back and the opportunity to unlock their greatest potential. By highlighting human stories, supporting innovation projects, and encouraging productive policy change, FREEAMERICA aims to amplify the conversation about mass incarceration at the local, state, and national levels.”
Legend did not go on NBC Nightly News to attack Trump, he invited cameras along to remind viewers that prisoners are people who “deserve to have their full humanity, redemption, and another chance.”
Sunday night’s episode was another piece in the ongoing series, “Justice For All,” in which NBC Nightly News takes deep dives into multiple facets of the criminal justice system. Along with reporter Kate Snow, Holt sits down and talk with inmates, and those who’ve been released through the First Step Act. In Dateline’s correlating “Justice For All” hour, Trump is credited for signing the First Step Act into law late last year, and while it is “projected to reduce the sentences of non-violent offenders in federal prisons, that doesn’t effect more than 90% of the U.S. prison population in state and local facilities.”
Legend Claps Back at Trump
Teigen didn’t appear on Sunday’s special, so Trump pretending not to know her name, and merely refer to her as Legend’s filthy mouthed wife,” could be his way of lashing out that he wasn’t thanked enough in the “Justice For All” series.
John Legend responded to Trump’s message with a cheeky tweet of his own, and a jab toward his wife Melania. He started out by saying, “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… Your country needs you.”
Afterward, Legend added, “Ah, yes. Melania was otherwise occupied,” and included the viral gif featuring Melania and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Chrissy’s Own Epic Response to Trump
Teigen had more than a few words to say to the President, and started out with a message for her daughter, Luna. She tweeted, “Luna, remember the night before your first day of school? When mommy was making your sign and the p**** ass b**** president had his 9th meltdown of the day.”
Stressing how strange it seemed to single Teigen out when she didn’t even appear on the show, nor did he officially tag her handle she tweeted, “the absolute best part of his tweet is I literally didn’t speak in the special, nor was I mentioned. I’m cackling at the pointless addition of me because he cannot not be a b****.”
Teigen then tweeted out a message that played on the “filthy” words the President has been recorded saying himself. She tweeted, “no guys no please do not make this trend, for it is my fight with #PresidentPussyAssBitch, not yours!!!!!!”