WATCH: John Legend Mocks Rappers Who Support Donald Trump
The Democratic party has long had a stanglehold on celebrity endorsements. Barack Obama’s 2008 Inauguration featured Beyonce and Bruce Springsteen. Donald Trump’s Inauguration had Three Doors Down and Jackie Evancho. Celebrity endorsements are relatively unimportant, but Trump is very concerned about them.
So it obviously bothered the president last night when John Legend and Lady Gaga appeared with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on the Democrats last day of campaigning. And Legend not only blasted Trump from the stage, he also had some unkind words for the rappers who have come out in support of him.
Of performers like Ice Cube, Lil Wayne and Lil Pump, who have praised Trump, Legend said, “I think they even founded a new supergroup, it’s called the Sunken Place.” This is a reference to the movie Get Out. In the film, black people enter the Sunken Place, a trance-like state, when their bodies are taken over by white hosts.
.@JohnLegend: We'll choose "a country where The President encourages police brutality and cannot bring himself to condemn white supremacists or neo-Nazis, or one where we hold our police accountable and begin to root out the systemic racism in our society." pic.twitter.com/yKfpfSUDCm
— The Hill (@thehill) November 3, 2020
The singer then moved onto the president. “You can’t bank on a word he says,” he said. “Ask the students of Trump University. Ask all of the contractors he stiffed. Ask the people his charity were supposed to help before it was shut down for being a fraud. Ask all the Black and Brown Americans who are dying from this virus and losing their jobs under his watch.”
Legend closed his comments, “The president isn’t strong. He’s a coward. And his career in business and in government has been failure after failure after failure.”