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Rebellious Women On Twitter Are Gearing Up To Be #FilthyMouthedWives Thanks To Donald Trump’s Latest Attack

President Donald Trump’s trigger fingers turned to Twitter fingers once again. This time he attacked Chrissy Teigen and husband John Legend on Twitter. Trump felt MSNBC didn’t give him sufficient credit on criminal justice reform.

His “tweetstorm” comes in the wake of a new border crisis: Hurrican Dorian survivors from the Bahamas without visas have been denied entry to the United States. Not only are these survivors fleeing a dangerous situation, but this border rule is completely new. Bahamians were previously allowed to enter the United States with a passport and a clear criminal record. The rule is so new, no one was aware it existed until hundreds of Bahamians were turned away. Moreover, the President is also involved in another financial scandal in which the air force has launched an international investigation after it was discovered crew members stayed at Trump’s luxury Turnberry golf resort in Scotland. 

What do these scandals have to do with Teigen and Legend? Nothing. So why is the President of the United States picking on celebrities, when these two much more pressing issues, amid many more, are at the center of the news cycle? Well, I don’t pretend to know what is in Donald Trump’s heart, but I do have a dictionary and know what the word “deflection” means. 

The President compares himself to Obama — again.

On Sunday night, Trump was watching an MSNBC town hall on criminal justice reform. To his chagrin, he felt he didn’t receive any credit for signing the First Step Act into law. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, who has been a longtime activist appeared on the episode. 

“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. Obama couldn’t come close….” he tweeted. 

“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. 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!”

Don’t come for John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.

“Imagine being president of a whole country and spending your Sunday night hate-watching MSNBC hoping somebody–ANYBODY–will praise you.  Melania, please praise this man.  He needs you,” Legend joked. 

However, Teigen wasn’t as nice. Trump didn’t even refer to Teigan by her name, he simply called her John Legend’s “filthy-mouthed wife.” 

Former Trump communications director Anthony Scaramucci noted that Trump has a penchant for targeting private citizens like no other. 

“Have any of the other presidents in recent history — modern history — gone after their private citizens whether they’re celebrities or not celebrities?” Scaramucci told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on New Day. “(For) the last two and a half years this guy has acted like a bully, crazy person against his fellow citizens.”

Is any of what Trump is saying remotely factual? No, of course not.

While Trump did sign the First Step Act in 2018, a bipartisan effort to reform the criminal justice system, many activists, including Latino Justice PRLDEF, do not believe it remotely goes far enough to repair our broken system. Moreover, Trump’s grievance in the first place was factually incorrect. During the Dateline episode, Lester Holt did give Trump credit and showed footage of him signing the bill into law. 

The First Step Act reduces mandatory minimum sentences in certain cases and will result in the release of 3,000 inmates. There are 2.3 million incarcerated people in the United States right now. Of those inmates, roughly 451,000 are nonviolent drug offenders.

John Legend is a real activist.

John Legend has been an activist for years. He is on the advisory board of the Bail Project, which provides free bail assistance to low-come individuals who are legally presumed innocent. He is the founder of the Show Me Campaign, which hopes to provide every child access to education, and #FREEAMERICA, a program to reform the criminal justice system. That’s why he was at the town hall. 

The President is unhinged, and this is another example of how those checks and balance system they taught you about in high school are deeply flawed. 

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