2019 American Music Awards

Pres. Trump's Twitter War With John Legend & Chrissy Teigen Escalates After Couple's NSFW Response

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Feb. 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

You should not search what the couple called Trump on your work computer.

Pres. Trump's latest weekend tweetspree focused on a pair of new celebrity targets: singer John Legend and wife/TV host Chrissy Teigen. The president spent Sunday night (Sept. 8) railing against Legend after the EGOT winner and social justice advocate appeared on an NBC Nightly News special hosted by Lester Holt in which Legend discussed the country's troubled criminal justice system.   

Trump appeared angry that he was not given enough credit for his administration's efforts at prison reform (known as the First Step Act), which inspired a string of angry tweets in which he belittled the couple with insulting nicknames. "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," Trump wrote, going on to complain that "people that had virtually nothing to do with it are taking the praise."   

  

That led to Trump dubbing Legend "boring" and referring to Teigen not by name, but as "his filthy mouthed wife," which set off the couple, who are both active social media posters and outspoken critics of the president.

Legend, who used his appearance on Holt's special to encourage viewers to get involved with his Free America criminal justice campaign -- launched in 2014, two years before Trump's election -- soon joined his wife in responding to the president's provocation with a NSFW hashtag. "Luna, remember the night before your first day of school?" Teigen wrote alongside a picture of her making a sign for the couple's daughter. "When mommy was making your sign and the pussy ass bitch president had his 9th meltdown of the day."

Teigen's freestyle insult quickly became a hashtaggable shorthand that the couple embraced and tried to turn into a trending topic as they trolled the president for the rest of the evening.

The internet quickly picked sides as well, with a number of commenters taking the president to task over his latest social media battle with the couple who have referred to Trump as a "flaming racist" (Legend) and a "fucking monster."


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