President TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE lashed out at celebrity couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen in late-night tweets Sunday after claiming they and other criminal justice reform advocates are “taking the praise” for legislation the president helped pass.
Trump also called out CNN anchor and criminal justice reform advocate Van Jones as well as Lester Holt after the NBC anchor's latest “Justice for All” segment aired on NBC, featuring Legend.
“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 tweeted.
“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 added.
“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 continued.
“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!”
....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. Guys like boring.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2019
.....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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2019
Legend responded to Trump’s tweet by asking first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden clarifies his remarks on Russia Raskin: Grisham told Jan. 6 panel about 'names that I had not heard before' Grisham says former Trump officials meeting next week 'to try and stop him' MORE to “praise this man.”
“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,” Legend tweeted.
“Your country needs you, Melania,” he added.
Your country needs you, Melania— John Legend (@johnlegend) September 9, 2019
Teigen, a model and author who has said she’s been blocked by Trump on Twitter, was not tagged in the tweet, which she called “an honor.”
lol what a pussy ass bitch. tagged everyone but me. an honor, mister president.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 9, 2019
Trump’s signed the First Step Act in December. The bill will reduce mandatory minimum sentences in certain cases. More than 3,100 people will be released from federal prison under the bill.
The bill was reportedly mentioned during Holt’s series, which aims to highlight the stories of the wrongfully accused and new ways of seeking justice.
The celebrity activists Trump criticized have been working for years for the cause. Legend is the founder of FREEAMERICA, a campaign launched in 2014 to transform the criminal justice system. Jones serves as the CEO of Reform Alliance.