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John Legend Calls President Trump Racist

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Singer John Legend accused President Donald Trump of being racist and causing the government shutdown.

Legend shared a post on his Twitter page accusing the president and his team of being racist, according to

"The reason the government is shutdown is that Trump and his team have an ideological commitment to allowing fewer black and brown people into the country," Legend tweeted on Jan. 19, using the hashtags #TrumpShutdown and #TrumpIsARacist.

Legend has been a vocal critic of President Trump, his administration and the president's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr.

On Jan. 11, the singer tweeted, "The president is a racist. He has been for his entire public life. If you vote(d) for him, you do so because of that or despite that. We need a multi-racial anti-racist coalition to defeat him and try to heal our nation."

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In April 2017, Legend said he thought Donald Trump is a "terrible president."

"He's manifestly unqualified, not curious, not good at legislating or doing anything that his 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."

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

Legend has criticized Donald Trump in interviews as early as December 2016, when he was asked for his thoughts on him winning the presidential election by Rolling Stone.

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"He's been consistent about being a racist and a couple of other things, but he's also been wildly inconsistent and lied a lot," Legend said at the time. "So we truly don't know how he's gonna govern. We haven't seen anyone like him before. It's a very kind of different world now, knowing that someone's going to possibly dismantle a lot of what Obama accomplished. I don't know where we're going to go."

Legend added that he feels his role as an artist is to "tell the truth and reflect what's going on."

"We just have to be vigilant and get through this, and then hopefully it'll be over soon," he said.

Legend's recent comments come after it was revealed that President Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as "s**thole countries" during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House, according to NBC News.

The White House did not deny that the president made the remarks, though Donald Trump himself tweeted that "the language used by me at the ... meeting was tough, but this was not the language used."

Sources: via KIRO, NBC News / Featured Image: PopTech/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons, Sachyn Mital/Wikimedia Commons

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