President Donald Trump launched a Twitter war Sunday night against John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen, and the pair returned his fire, much to Twitter’s bemusement.
Trump began by slamming the Oscar-winning Legend over his participation in a town hall filmed inside New York’s Sing Sing prison, and aired on MSNBC. The special, hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, focused on prison reform.
The special did not mention the First Step Act, which Trump signed into law in December. The Act gives nonviolent inmates the ability to shorten their sentences.
Trump tweeted his displeasure, calling Legend "boring" and Teigen "filthy mouthed."
Also: "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….
And: "….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!"
Legend and Teigen appeared to be delighted to have the opportunity to engage.
Legend called on Trump's wife for help. He wrote: "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."
Teigen shared: "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."
Their tweet storm went viral, with #TeamChrissy and #FilthyMouthedWife trending.
Director Ava DuVernay posted a GIF of a young girl being hyped up by her friend with the caption, "Me walking around with @chrissyteigen from now on," while actress Busy Phillips asked, "I don't understand anything anymore is this normal?"