President Trump was up late on Sunday night, lashing out at musician John Legend and his wife, the model and television personality Chrissy Teigen, for not giving him enough credit for his work on the bipartisan criminal justice bill he signed last year.
“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,” the president wrote in a series of tweets shortly after 11 p.m. ET. “I got it done with a group of Senators & others who would never have gone for it. Obama couldn’t come close.”
Trump has been in the habit recently of taking on entertainment celebrities, especially for what he perceives as ingratitude and slights. A week ago he tweeted angrily at actress Debra Messing over her political views.
In December 2018, Trump signed into law the First Step Act, which shortened sentences for nonviolent offenders and expanded job training and other programs for prisoners. The president was widely praised for what he called “a great bi-partisan achievement for everybody.”
“A man named @VanJones68, and many others, were profusely grateful (at that time!),” Trump continued. “I SIGNED IT INTO LAW, no one else did, & Republicans deserve much credit. But now that it is passed, people that had virtually nothing to do with it are taking the praise.”
Van Jones is a civil rights advocate and a former adviser to President Barack Obama for Obama’s green jobs initiative.
Trump’s tweets came hours after MSNBC aired a special town hall on criminal justice reform, hosted by Lester Holt and featuring Legend, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other reform advocates.
“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,” the president fumed. “‘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.”
However, Holt did, in fact, give Trump credit during the “Dateline” episode that preceded the town hall.
“The people that so desperately sought my help when everyone else had failed, all they talk about now is Impeaching President Trump!” Trump added in the third person.
Legend and Teigen responded in tweets of their own.
Your country needs you, Melania
— John Legend (@johnlegend) September 9, 2019
lol what a pussy ass bitch. tagged everyone but me. an honor, mister president.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 9, 2019
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