Singer John Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, lashed out at President Donald Trump on Wednesday, calling the president a “conman and a clown,” at the House Democrats’ annual conference in Leesburg, Virginia.
According to The Hill, Legend said his wife knew before a lot of Americans did that the president was “a joke and a conman and a clown.”
“She was prescient long before he ever thought about running for president. She was on point with that.”
Teigen said that women needed to say “f*** you” more in response to a question posed by Melissa Harris-Perry about what women should learn to say more, according to the Washington Examiner.
She also spoke criticized immigration policies that separate children from their families at the border, calling out Ivanka Trump by name.
“When it comes from people, like Ivanka, I will say, that can post all day pictures of her children that are just in her home and ‘oh my daughter is having trouble in her crib’ or ‘my daughter is doing this’ and … honestly, I cannot fathom for a second how scared our children would be if they were without us,” she said.
Legend also weighed in on the matter of immigration, pointing out that it should be “big, bold generous and open,” adding that lawmakers should establish a “straightforward” way for people to come to the U.S. He also urged Democrats to hold the president accountable.
The Grammy winner said it was also important to avoid getting into Twitter wars with the president, USA Today reported. Instead, the singer suggested that lawmakers should pay attention to the president’s taxes and his interactions with foreign governments.
The singer acknowledged the fact that some of his fans who disagree with his views might eventually not buy his music. He said he has heard from them and was willing to make that sacrifice.
House Speaker Democrat Nancy Pelosi introduced the couple at the event, and quoted poet Percy Bysshe Shelley by saying that “the greatest force for moral good is imagination,” The Hill reported.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 11, 2019
The theme of the three-day conference was “100 Days In: Fighting For the People,” and the event will focus on policy priorities such as climate change, gun regulation, and economic issues. ABC News reported that at least part of the conference still focused on repercussions from the investigation into whether Trump colluded with Russians to win the 2016 election. Pelosi said that while she believed the investigation into the president’s campaign was sound, she still wanted to see Mueller’s report.