John Legend Speaks Out on El Paso, Dayton Mass Shootings: 'The President Regularly Inspires Killers'

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John Legend arrives at the 24th annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica on Jan. 13, 2019.

John Legend took to social media Sunday (Aug. 4) to speak out on the deadly U.S. mass shootings that took place over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

The singer-songwriter first expressed his frustration over U.S. gun laws and white nationalism before pointing the finger at President Donald Trump.     

"My heart aches for El Paso and Dayton. Our nation is experiencing these traumas far too often and we need our leaders to take urgent action: take these weapons of war off the street and fight the evil ideology of white nationalism that motivates many of these terrorists," Legend wrote.   

"When we condemn the racist venom coming from the President's mouth and point out the bigotry of his policies, it's not an academic question, it's not a political game, it's about life and death. The President regularly inspires killers. He is a part of the problem," the singer continued.  

This isn't the first time Legend has spoken out against President Trump. Last week, the "All of Me" singer called Trump a "racist prick" and "piece of shit" during an interview with TMZ about the president's derogatory comments toward Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and the city of Baltimore.  

Other artists like Cardi B and Chuck D also expressed their anger and frustration over the El Paso and Dayton shootings, which left 20 people and 9 people dead, respectively, with dozens more injured. Both shooters were identified as white males in their early twenties.

Cardi shared a photo on Instagram of alleged El Paso shooter Patrick Crusius, 21, describing him as "yet another homegrown domestic white supremacist terrorist." In a similar vein, Chuck D wrote on Twitter that the U.S. "has a severe issue with calling its Caucasian males ‘terrorists’ but quick triggered on calling all other ethnicities it."

See more of their social media reactions to the mass shootings below.



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