'I see Melania's campaign to end cyber bullying is off to a slow start' - John Legend leads backlash against Donald Trump
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.
"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.
I see Melania's campaign to end cyber bullying is off to a slow start— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 29, 2017
"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."
Imagine having to defend this idiot. It's actually crazier than the idiot himself because they're actually aware of what an idiot he is. https://t.co/nhcgeykqL3— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 29, 2017
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.