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John Legend says Trump is ‘threatened by women’ who ‘aren’t submissive to him’

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John Legend says that President Trump is “threatened by women” who “aren’t submissive to him” while discussing his and his wife’s viral Twitter spat with the president last month.

During an interview on NPR’s “It’s Been a Minute” podcast released on Tuesday, host Sam Sanders pressed the Grammy Award winner about the back-and-forth with Trump.

{mosads}In early September, Trump took to Twitter to slam Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, after he claimed they took credit for criminal justice reform legislation passed under his administration.

“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,” Trump said in a series of tweets at the time.

“A man named @VanJones68, and many others, were profusely grateful (at that time!). 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,” he continued.

“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,” he also tweeted. 

The string of tweets came after a town hall centered around criminal justice aired on MSNBC featuring Legend along with anchor Lester Holt, which did mention the First Step Act signed by Trump in December. 

“President Trump was mad because you didn’t give him a shout out. And then,” Sanders said during the podcast this week. 

“Yeah. We didn’t — by the way, we didn’t say anything bad about him,” Legend responded, adding: “Just think how needy you have to be to watch MSNBC on a Sunday night. And so he was mad that we didn’t talk about him and we didn’t actively praise him.”

“And then he — what? He called Chrissy something. What’d he call her?” Sanders asked Legend. 

“He called her a filthy-mouthed wife. So he called me a boring singer. John Legend and his filthy-mouthed wife didn’t praise him,” Legend said. “By the way, my filthy-mouthed wife, she had nothing to do with the show. He just wanted to mention her because I think she’s been a foil to him in the past. He’s blocked her in the past, and I think he’s always threatened by women that have their own voice and aren’t submissive to him.”

Teigen and Legend responded forcefully to Trump’s tweets at the time, with Teigen calling Trump a “p—- ass bitch” for not tagging her in the tweet, leading to the phrase becoming viral hashtag at the time. 

“Yeah, it’s because she basically called him out for — because he atted me. You know, people that do Twitter a lot, you understand what atting means, which basically you mention their Twitter handle so that they see it in their mentions,” Legend said. “He atted me. He atted Van Jones. He atted, you know, several other people. And the only person he did not actually at in that was filthy-mouthed wife.”

“Oh. So she was like, if you’re going to call me out, call me out,” Sanders said.

“Yeah. She was basically like, why didn’t you at me? And you’re a [expletive]. That’s how that got trending,” Legend added.

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