John Legend Has Words For Donald Trump

by Lauren Holter

John Legend has made his feelings about Donald Trump perfectly clear, and the singer-songwriter continued to spew criticism on Twitter Tuesday. Legend attacked Trump once again by retweeting a Washington Post story with the headline "Donald Trump's delegate ineptitude stumbles into white nationalism" and adding: "More apt title: Donald Trump's Bigoted Campaign Rhetoric Emboldens White Supremacists." Clearly, Legend doesn't want to Make America Great Again by electing the former reality TV star and real estate mogul into the White House.

The Washington Post story Legend renamed focused on reports that William Johnson, a prominent white nationalist, was chosen by the Trump campaign to represent the GOP presumptive nominee at the national convention this summer as a California delegate. The story was later updated to reveal that a Trump spokesperson blamed Johnson's inclusion on a glitch, and he was removed from the pool of delegates.

Nonetheless, Legend's commentary on the issue questions Trump's impact more broadly. The Republican presidential hopeful's comments on Mexican immigrants and Muslims have been widely denounced as racist, and political commentators have claimed his campaign's success has been fueled by white supremacists' fears that they're losing control of America — and Legend wholeheartedly agrees. The singer didn't just accuse the former delegate of racist actions, he claimed Trump's entire campaign is based on bigoted rhetoric.

This is nothing new, though — back in March, Legend blatantly called Trump racist in a Twitter feud with the candidate's son, Donald Trump Jr. The eldest Trump child was upset that a Chicago campaign rally for his father was cancelled because a large anti-Trump protest raised security concerns, tweeting: "Ha 5 students when asked why they were protesting couldn't even answer. The participation medal/micro aggression generation is pretty sad!" The famed singer quickly replied, "I think they were protesting your racist father. This isn't complicated."

Legend isn't endorsing a candidate until the general election, opting to stay out of the Democratic race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. "I think it'll be a very stark choice, he told Billboard's Gary Graff in March. "I made it pretty clear the presumptive Republican nominee is not one of my favorite people." Explaining that he sees artists as open-minded "truth tellers," he said he can't imagine many supporting Trump in November. "We want to see more beauty and more love in the world, so I think all of us are going to come out in different places about who we're going to support," he told Billboard. "But I think it's going to be hard for a lot of artists to support somebody who's so intolerant."

The singer-songwriter and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, are both very vocal about their opinions on social media, so we'll surely here more from the duo before this crazy election cycle ends.