John Legend‘s heated Twitter discussion with Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr has included the R&B man calling the republican presidential candidate and big-name businessman “racist.”
Legend got into a discussion with Trump’s son over the protests that prevented a Trump rally in Chicago from taking place yesterday (March 11).
Legend has made his dislike of Trump clear through his account, in particular through his Retweets, one of which reads “Trump yesterday: ‘If you beat [protestors] up, I’ll pay the legal fees.’ Trump today: ‘I don’t want violence.'”
When Trump Jr tweeted of the Chicago protesters “Ha 5 students when asked why they were protesting couldn’t even answer. The participation medal/micro aggression generation is pretty sad!” Legend responded “@DonaldJTrumpJr I think they were protesting your racist father. This isn’t complicated.”
Legend later responded to a tweet questioning his education by pointing out that he graduated from the same university as both Trump and his son (the University of Pennsylvania).
Legend recently joined Demi Lovato in performing a tribute to Lionel Richie at the Grammys, and has a history of activism, not least in refusing to play in a hotel over the owner’s anti-LGBT laws.
Legend was due to be honoured by LA Confidential magazine at the Beverly Hills Hotel on February 5 2015, but declined the invite in protest at the hotel’s owner, renowned for ruling a country where misogyny and homophobia are prevalent.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has owned the hotel since 1992, but has come under fire in the last year for Brunei’s increasingly oppressive laws.
Legend’s press representative confirmed her client’s absence and the reasons behind it in a statement at the time, saying “John Legend will not be attending the LA Confidential party… in light of the horrific anti-women and anti-LGBT policies approved by the hotel’s owner, the Sultan of Brunei. These policies, which among other things could permit women and LGBT Bruneians to be stoned to death, are heinous and certainly don’t represent John’s values or the spirit of the event.”