Trump Insults Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, and They Fire Back


President Trump called the model Chrissy Teigen “filthy mouthed” and the musician John Legend “boring” in tweets on Sunday night that trumpeted the president’s achievements in criminal justice reform, prompting them to fire back.

Mr. Legend called on the first lady to intervene, and Ms. Teigen used vulgarities. The couple, who are married, are both frequent critics of the president.

By Monday morning, the expletives used by Ms. Teigen — including one that Mr. Trump famously used in a recording that surfaced shortly before his election in 2016 — were part of a trending hashtag on Twitter. A related hashtag, #filthymouthedwife, was also trending.

In his tweets shortly after 11 p.m. on Sunday, Mr. Trump appeared to be responding to Mr. Legend’s appearance at a criminal justice town hall that was hosted by the “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt at the Sing Sing prison in Ossining, N.Y., and aired on MSNBC at 10 p.m. that night.

Mr. Trump considers the bipartisan legislation one of his major accomplishments — one he hopes will broaden his appeal to voters. He has said that “African-Americans appreciate” the reforms, and in his tweets about criminal justice on Sunday night, Mr. Trump named or tagged four people, all black men: Mr. Legend, Mr. Holt, former President Barack Obama and the news commentator Van Jones.

The First Step Act was discussed during the town hall on Sunday, and on a “Dateline” episode that aired just before it, Mr. Trump was given credit for signing the legislation.

Critics of the administration have raised questions about the pace of enforcement and the funding of the act. They have also noted that it addresses only the federal prison population, a tiny fraction of the people behind bars in the United States. (Mr. Legend has also pointed out that state laws — not federal ones — affect most incarcerated people in the United States.)

Other celebrities, including Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, have been invited to the White House to discuss criminal justice and reducing criminal sentences.

Ms. Teigen is a prolific Twitter user who has long criticized Mr. Trump. In 2017, she tweeted that she had been blocked from viewing his account.

“After 9 years of hating Donald J Trump, telling him ‘lol no one likes you’ was the straw,” she wrote.

Both she and Mr. Legend are vocal about their political beliefs and their opposition to the president’s policies. In 2014, Mr. Legend founded FreeAmerica, an organization that highlights injustice in the criminal justice system.



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