John Legend confirms birth of son with emotional tweet lashing out at Trump
John Legend has confirmed the birth of his second child in an emotional tweet that lashed out at President Donald Trump.
The singer's wife, Chrissy Teigen was first to announce the arrival of their son on Wednesday, with an excitable Twitter post that simply read "Somebody’s herrrrrrre!".
However, her husband's confirmation of the birth struck a more sombre tone, with Legend attacking Trump for his alleged comments about violent gang Mara Salvatrucha, better known as MS-13.
Speaking at a White House roundtable discussing immigration and sanctuary cities on Wednesday, Trump at first seemingly referred to undocumented immigrants as "animals", when he stated: "We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in -- and we're stopping a lot of them -- but we're taking people out of the country. You wouldn't believe how bad these people are. These aren't people. These are animals. And we're taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that's never happened before."
However, he has since insisted that this comment was taken out of context by the media, with newer reports stating that his comments were in reference to members of MS-13.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump, telling reporters on Thursday that he was referring to MS-13 gang members “who enter the country illegally and whose deportations are hamstrung by our laws.”
"MS-13 has done heinous acts," she said. "It took an animal to stab a man 100 times and decapitate him and rip his heart out. It took an animal to beat a woman they were sex trafficking with a bat 28 times, indenting part of her body. And it took an animal to kidnap, drug and rape a 14-year-old Houston girl."
Frankly, I think that the term ‘animal’ doesn’t go far enough, and I think the president should continue to use his platform and everything he can do under the law to stop these types of horrible, horrible, disgusting people."
In addition, in response to a question from a reporter, Trump himself added: "You know I'm referring to the MS-13 gangs that are coming in. I was talking about the MS-13. So, I'm actually surprised that you’re asking this question because most people got it right."
However, whether the president was referring to undocumented immigrants or members of the international criminal gang, Legend didn't care. On Thursday, the All of Me singer took to Twitter to blast America's leader, using his newborn son to make the point that the society we live in makes us who we are.
"Even human beings who commit heinous acts are the same species as us, not ‘animals’. I’m in the hospital with our new son," he wrote. "Any of these babies here could end up committing terrible crimes in the future. It’s easy, once they’ve done so, to distance ourselves from their humanity."
The crooner certainly wasn't the only person who was offended by the former reality TV star's "animal" comments. In fact, they caused outrage on social media, with thousands of people posting of their outrage.