President Donald Trump late on Sunday, Sept. 8 defended his administration’s efforts to reform the U.S. criminal justice system, and criticized celebrities for “taking the praise,” namely singer John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen.

“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,” the president tweeted. “I got it done with a group of Senators & others who would never have gone for it. Obama couldn’t come close.”

In December 2018, President Trump signed into law the First Step Act, marking the first major reforms to the criminal justice system in over a decade. The new bill reduces mandatory minimum sentences and better prepares inmates for their lives after prison through rehabilitative programs, which have resulted in 3,100 inmates being released from federal prisons in July.

President Trump railed against two celebrities for taking credit for the reform, saying they did not give any support when it was needed to pass the bill.

“Guys like boring musician [John Legend] 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,” President Trump wrote.

The president also rebuked news outlets for ignoring the administration’s efforts in making the bill into law, referencing to an NBC Nightly News segment on criminal justice and wrongfully accused inmates. Its series broadcasted last week included mentions of President Trump’s role in the passage of the First Step Act and Legend’s organization which aims at raising awareness for criminal justice reform.

“‘Anchor’ [Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News] 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 said in his tweet. “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, all they talk about now is Impeaching President Trump,” he added.

Teigen fired back: “Lol what a [expletive.] Tagged everyone but me. An honor, mister president,” asserting the president was at least right about her part.

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