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John Legend Blasts 'Terrible President' Trump

| by Michael Howard

Singer John Legend didn't mince words when asked about President Donald Trump during a red carpet interview at the Time 100 gala on April 25.

As the country approaches Trump's 100-day milestone, Legend called him a "terrible president."

"He's manifestly unqualified, not curious, not good at legislating or really anything the job requires," he said. "He doesn't have any depth about any subject. And he's also using the office of the presidency as a way to make money for himself with his businesses, so he's corrupt."

"I can't say anything nice about the guy," he added. "I think he's one of the worst people I've ever encountered in public life."

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Legend was then asked about former President Barack Obama's upcoming speech at an event put on by a Wall Street firm. According to USA Today, Obama will be paid a $400,000 fee for speaking at the event, which is hosted by investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald LP.

The singer dismissed the implicit comparison between Obama and Trump.

"I think it's a silly distinction," Legend said. "[Obama] was never against Wall Street. The Dodd-Frank law and the other things he did were to regulate Wall Street so that they wouldn't cheat the American people and they wouldn't destroy the financial system again. And he did that, and he can still get paid to show up and speak somewhere."

This isn't the first time Legend has publicly criticized Trump. In January, he suggested that individual liberties would be under siege with Trump in the White House.

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"We're going through a period where Donald Trump has promised to make us a less just and less free country, and those who believe in justice and freedom are going to have to stand up for it," he said.

He also spoke out against the president's controversial travel ban later that month during a speech at the Producer's Guild Awards.

"Our vision of America is directly antithetical to that of President Trump," he said. "I want to specifically tonight reject his vision and affirm that America has to be better than that."

Also present at the Time 100 gala was Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, who said first daughter Ivanka Trump has a responsibility to fight for women's rights now that she's an official government employee.

"She apparently has the portfolio for all women's issues in the White House," Richards said, according to Time. "That's a huge responsibility, and women are waiting to see a sign from this White House that they're on our side."

"I'm very hopeful that we see something dramatically different than we've seen these first 100 days," she added. "That's what we're working on."

Sources: USA Today, Time / Photo credit: PopTech/Flickr

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