John Legend mulls leaving US with Chrissy Teigen because of Trump, says 'country can’t bear him 4 more years'
'I think people are just exhausted and ready for new leadership: sane leadership, empathetic leadership. Joe Biden can bring that to the country,' said John
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are considering leaving America for good, and the reason is President Donald Trump as they find his leadership 'embarrassing'. In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, he also accused Trump of destroying democracy.
“Every once in a while you think about it,” Legend said, "We were born and raised here, all of our families are here. It would be hard to leave. But I don’t know what one’s supposed to do when you have a leader who is trying to destroy democracy." He added, “At some point, if that project [to destroy democracy] was to be in any way successful, you’d have to think about going somewhere that is a true democracy, that has respect for the rule of law and human rights. If America chooses to be that place then people will have to start thinking about going somewhere else. It is truly disturbing and concerning.”
The singer, who has been vocal in his support for defunding police departments, said the country can’t “bear another four years” of Trump. He mentioned that America was exhausted with his regime and his 'daily efforts to destroy democracy and free press'. Legend also referred to Trump's handling of the deadly Covid-19 crisis in the country, that has drawn heavy flak. “I think his handling of the [Covid-19] pandemic has been embarrassing to the entire nation and has caused so much loss of life, that was preventable. I think people are just exhausted and ready for new leadership: sane leadership, empathetic leadership. Joe Biden can bring that to the country.”
Legend continued: “We can’t bear another four years of this. As Michelle Obama said, we have to vote like our lives depend on it. I honestly think the American people will do it. I truly don’t know if we would be a democracy when we were done if we went another four years.”
Asked if he and Teigen discuss the signficance of Black Lives Matter movement with their children, Legend replied that the family will at some point have to engage in that conversation. But “it’s a little early for both of them to know all the details about what’s going on with police brutality. At this point we only talk about their race and try to make them believe they’re valuable and worthy, and that their skin and hair is beautiful the way it is," he said.
Regarding his mentor Kanye West's bid for becoming President, he said, "I don’t think it’s going to impact the election much. I do think a lot of it’s being supported by the Trump campaign."
In June, Legend said he and Kanye were no longer friends, but maintained that it didn't have anything to do with Kanye's support of Trump. John told Cosmopolitan, "He always expressed affinity towards Donald Trump and is co-ordinating with the Trump campaign’s personnel, meeting with Jared Kushner [advisor to Trump, who is also his son-in-law].”
Legend's comments come as the US presidential election on November 3 draws closer, which decides whether Trump is elected for a second term. His opponent is Democrat Joe Biden.