On Sunday night, Donald Trump was up late watching MSNBC waiting to hear his name. We know this because after 11 PM Eastern time, Trump posted a series of angry tweets over a town hall hosted by Lester Holt on criminal justice reform, featuring John Legend. Trump excoriated the host for not giving him credit for the First Step Act, legislation designed to shorten the mandatory sentences for some drug offenses that passed with bipartisan support. "I SIGNED IT INTO LAW, no one else did," he tweeted, adding, "Guys like boring 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."
Chrissy Teigen, the "filthy mouthed wife" in question, responded, "lol what a pussy ass bitch. tagged everyone but me. an honor, mister president."
In a follow up tweet, she added, "the absolute best part of his tweet is I literally didn't speak in the special, nor was I mentioned. I'm cackling at the pointless addition of me because he cannot not be a bitch."
Trump often gets indignant over women using profanity, like he did when Michigan representative Rashida Tlaib told supporters at a gathering, "We're going to impeach this motherfucker." The same day Tlaib's comments went public, Trump said, "I think she dishonored her family using language like that in front of her son and whoever else was there, I thought that was a great dishonor to her and to her family."
But, of course, the president, whose hypocrisy is seemingly boundless, uses profanity often, and with great relish. As Peter Baker wrote in a May New York Times story on Trump's frequent use of foul language, "At rallies and in interviews, on Twitter and in formal speeches, he relishes the bad-boy language of a shock jock, just one more way of gleefully provoking the political establishment bothered by his norm-shattering ways." And he's very liberal with his insults when talking about women, like when he claimed California representative Maxine Waters was an "extraordinarily low I.Q. person," said that Stormy Daniels, the adult film star with whom Trump cheated on his most recent wife, "horseface," called his former staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman a "crazed, crying lowlife" and a "dog," and alleged that New York senator Kristen Gillibrand "would come to my office 'begging' for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them)." He also falsely claimed that "low I.Q. Crazy" MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski spoke to him while she "was bleeding badly from a face-lift."
And that's just since he's taken office. He wasn't any more restrained before his presidency, telling a contestant on The Apprentice in 2013, "That must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees," and, of course, claiming that since he was famous women would let him "grab them by the pussy." During the 2016 Republican primaries, he said of the lone woman candidate Carly Fiorna, "Look at that face. Would anybody vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?" When he felt that then-Fox News host Megyn Kelly had been unfair to him when she moderated a debate, he said "there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever." During one campaign rally, he criticized Hillary Clinton's performance during a Democratic debate, saying "she got schlonged" and remarked about her taking a bathroom break, saying, "I know where she went, it's disgusting, I don't want to talk about it." He added, "No, it's too disgusting. Don't say it, it's disgusting."
Despite the president's claims, host Lester Holt actually did credit Trump for the First Step Act in the Dateline episode that preceded the town hall, and the show even aired footage of Trump signing it in the Oval Office. As Holt pointed out though, "That doesn’t affect more than 90 percent of the U.S. prison population, which is locked up in state and local facilities." And Trump is relatively new to the fight for criminal justice reform: he paid for a full-page ad in the New York Times demanding the death penalty for the "Central Park Five," a group of black and Latino teenagers wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in 1989. Even after all five were exonerated on DNA evidence and the confession of the actual rapist, Trump still insisted they were guilty, and wrote in a New York Daily News op-ed that it was a "disgrace" when the city of New York paid the men $41 million in a settlement.
While the First Step Act is a welcome reform for criminal justice activists, Trump's signing followed the lead and example of state-level reforms hard-fought gains by those activists across the country. On top of that, since signing the First Step Act into law, Trump's White House has made neither funding nor enacting the law a priority. As the Brennan Center for Law reported in March, "the law can only function as advertised if it is fully funded—a prospect that seems unlikely after President Trump’s executive budget, released in full this past Monday, omitted any funding request for implementing the law." The budget also called, again, to eliminate the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a program to help states reduce recidivism and direct resources to more effective and cost-efficient methods than long-term incarceration.
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Originally Appeared on GQ