The Voice coach John Legend is not one to mince words. At the Vanity Fair New Establishment summit on Tuesday (Oct 22) afternoon, the singer songwriter and activist spoke about the work he’s doing helping to reform the criminal justice system and more with former solicitor general in the Obama administration, Neal Katyal.
On the current occupant of the White House, Donald Trump, John did not hold back. Earlier on Tuesday, Trump called the ongoing impeachment inquiry conducted by the House of Representatives a “lynching.” John responded, “Well, he’s a despicable human being and he says sh**** things all the time. Like he he is like just a sh**** person.
“He’s the opposite of what you’d want your child to be, the opposite of what you want any human being to be. He’s going to say sh**** things all the time, but he’s particularly big on victimizing himself because I think it’s his narcissism.
“It’s like every bad thing that’s happening to him is the worst thing that’s ever happened to any president. Some of them have been shot in the head before in a theater but this is the worst thing that’s happened to any president. So he thinks that and he uses this term lynching because he knows how powerful and terrific and terrible this word is. But it’s the exact opposite of what impeachment is.”
John continued: “It’s insane and it’s sad that this country has to listen to this idiot, this f****** racist idiot talk about lynching and make himself the victim of it when we know what real lynching is like.”
My thoughts on impeachment as "lynching". Everyone study what real lynching is/was before you throw that term around. https://t.co/JUxPrlMSU5
— John Legend (@johnlegend) October 23, 2019
John also addressed another Twitter incident. After watching an MSNBC special, Trump called out John and his wife Chrissy Teigen, angry that the special didn’t mention the First Act criminal justice reform bill passed into law by congress. Trump called Chrissy a “filthy mouthed wife.”
I was stunned that he was watching MSNBC on a Sunday night. I just didn’t think he was their target audience.” John added that he wasn’t entirely surprised, because Trump wants to be the “center of every conversation.” But he says, “It’s still really weird and the fact that he was so concerned that we didn’t talk about him to praise him for this law that he passed, which I know he probably couldn’t tell you anything about the law and wouldn’t have any understanding of the impact of the law.
“And then of course he had to bring my wife up who was not involved at all in the criminal justice special on MSNBC. It’s not an issue that she is particularly focused on.”
“So she in her own inimitable way called him out on that and told him exactly what he is.”
What Chrissy did is get a particular phrase trending on Twitter
.@JohnLegend on what it was like to have Trump attack his family on Twitter—just because Legend didn’t praise the president during a TV program #VFSummit pic.twitter.com/POKP5EJMoM
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) October 23, 2019