John Legend won’t stand for Donald Trump as president.
The Grammy-winning singer opened up about the “utterly unqualified” Republican nominee in a new interview with The Daily Beast. Legend nailed exactly why Trump shouldn’t be commander in chief with one example.
“Trump’s been a public personality forever and that’s fine if you want him to be a reality TV host, but if you want him to be president there’s a different standard,” Legend said. “And remember, his entry into being a Republican was questioning the citizenship of the first black president.”
Ah, yes. The old birther theory. After all of the crazy things that Trump has said over the past few months (Obama and Clinton founded Isis, all Mexican immigrants are criminals and “rapists”, etc., etc. ...) it’s almost hard to recall that Trump relentlessly raised doubt about Obama’s birth certificate and birth place in 2011, despite legal documentation proving the president was born in Hawaii.
“We know who he is, he’s made it clear who he is, and now it’s time to show up and vote,” Legend said. “He never was a winning candidate. What he’s selling is only palatable for a minority of the country. It might be the majority of the Republican party, but it’s not the majority of the country.”
The singer added, “There’s nothing that can shock me anymore, but at this point, Trump’s made it very clear how his temperament is, how his personality is, what his level of intellectual depth is when it comes to policy, and he’s made it abundantly clear that he’s utterly unqualified to be president — no matter what your political views are.”
Legend and his wife, the author/entertainer/model Chrissy Teigen, have always been vocal opponents of Donald Trump. Teigen got into a heated Twitter exchange with The Donald in December 2015, while Legend called out the GOP candidate for being racist just a few months later.
To read the rest of Legend’s interview with The Daily Beast, head here.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.