In a series of late-night tweets on Sunday, Sept. 8, celebrity couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen were condemned by U.S. President Donald Trump as they were claimed to have “tak[en] the praise” for legislation that passed with the help of the president.
The aim of the First Step Act is to reduce mandatory minimum sentences in certain cases, in addition to rehabilitating inmates, helping them reintegrate themselves into society following their release.
A report on The Hill said that the bill was reportedly mentioned during NBC anchor Lester Holt’s series, which aims to highlight the stories of the wrongfully accused and new ways of seeking justice.
According to Newsweek, more than 3,000 inmates were freed from prison due to good behavior after the act was signed. This change was greatly applauded for as the country faced years of scrutiny about its justice system prior to the establishment of the act.
“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. ‘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,” he continued. “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, al they talk about now is Impeaching President Trump!”
“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,” President Trump tweeted. “Obama couldn’t come close…A man named Van Jones 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 has passed, people that had virtually nothing to do with it are taking the praise.”
“Boring” John Legend and “filthy mouthed” Chrissy Teigen were quick to snap back at the president.
“Melania, please praise this man. He needs you. Your country needs you, Melania.” Legend tweeted.
In a follow-up tweet, Legend reposted a clip of First Lady Melania Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leaning in for a social kiss at the G-7 summit in France in August.
Legend continued with his attempt to smear the first lady and President Trump by telling her to “praise” her husband, and distastefully twisting the context of a social situation and then saying, “ah yes, Melania is otherwise occupied. My apologies, @realDonaldTrump.”
“lol what a [expletive]. tagged everyone but me. an honor, mister president.”
Teigen’s seemingly endless tirade of vulgar tweets continued.
“Luna, remember the night before your first day of school? When mommy was making your sign and the [expletive] president had his 9th meltdown of the day,” Teigen wrote referencing her 3-year-old daughter. “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 [expletive].”
“No guys no please do not make this trend, for it is my fight with #President[expletive], not yours!!!!!!” Teigen replied to President Trump.
Legend soon jumped on the bandwagon using the very same vulgar hashtag to spit at Twitter and the president saying that the hashtag “is vile” and “absolutely should not trend.”
Teigen was then seen using her obscene catch phrase for another scenario.
“[expletive] I got pasta on my couch,” Teigen tweeted. “Karma is a [expletive].”