Wednesday 18 October 2017

'I see Melania's campaign to end cyber bullying is off to a slow start' - John Legend leads backlash against Donald Trump

US President and first lady Donald and Melania Trump and inset, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
US President and first lady Donald and Melania Trump and inset, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk out to receive South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jeong-suk at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 29, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend attend the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
First lady Melania Trump attends a joint statement between her huband U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rose Garden of the White House June 26, 2017 in Washington, DC
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Singer John Legend leads a long list of celebrities who have hit out at US President Donald Trump's tweets about American broadcaster Mika Brzezinski.

On Thursday, Trump tweeted about US morning talking show Morning Joe's coverage of him, claiming co-anchor Mika was "bleeding badly from a facelift" at Mar-a-Lago.

"I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no," he said, prompting a barrage of criticism.

In November, the first lady said she wanted to combat cyber-bullying as her main priority during her time in the White House, without even a hint of irony, which Oscar-winning singer Legend called her out on.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend attend the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend attend the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

"I see Melania's campaign to end cyber bullying is off to a slow start. America elected a very s****y person to be President," he tweeted.

Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen, a model and tv presenter, are two of Trump's biggest critics and the president previously called out the Sports Illustrated model for being a "trashy gutter mouth woman" in 2015.

"You are a national embarrassment. It's like you have no idea how to even fake being a normal human being. You are the proud type of insane," she responded to his comments.

Melania defended her husband's tweets via her spokesperson Stephanie Grisham, saying: "As the first lady has stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder."

The head of news at MSNBC, which airs Morning Joe, responded to the attack, tweeting: "Never imagined a day when I would think to myself, 'it is beneath my dignity to respond to the president of the United States.'"

Buzzfeed News pointed out that, shortly before Mr Trump tweeted, the couple were discussing his fake Time magazine cover.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk out to receive South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jeong-suk at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 29, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk out to receive South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jeong-suk at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 29, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

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