John Legend slams Trump over coronavirus response: 'It couldn’t be a worse person to be in charge right now'

The musician said Trump is “a very short-term thinker” who doesn't know "how to handle big, complex problems that require planning and long-term vision"


                            John Legend slams Trump over coronavirus response: 'It couldn’t be a worse person to be in charge right now'
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John Legend has slammed President Donald Trump over his response to the coronavirus crisis. In a GQ Hype interview, the 41-year-old said Trump is “the exact opposite of what we need right now” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the telephone conversation from his home in Beverly Hills, Legend expressed his thoughts on Trump’s suggestion of injecting disinfectants as a cure for coronavirus. He said: “It’s so ridiculous. It’s almost like you can’t believe it’s real that we elected this idiot to be the president of the United States. The things that he says are just so ridiculously dumb and so ridiculously selfish and narcissistic at the same time.

“He says a bunch of ridiculous happy-talk home remedies that people should not be doing and he thinks he’s brilliant because he has a relative who is a doctor. And then you combine that with the fact that he doesn’t listen to scientists and makes every decision on how it will benefit him personally.”

Calling the POTUS “a very short-term thinker”, the singer said, “He doesn’t think much about how to handle big, complex problems that require planning and long-term vision. He’s the exact opposite of what we need right now.” 

“It couldn’t be a worse person to be in charge right now than him and that’s what America is stuck with and that’s why we have the highest death rate in the world from this disease and I don’t believe we’re going to be out of the woods for a while, because of his incompetence, his selfishness, his short-sightedness and his inability to coordinate a real national response,” he added.

In the same interview, Legend also talked about his life in quarantine - personally as well as professionally. “I feel like we’ve adjusted pretty well. We have our family unit and we love our kids and love hanging out with them. And they especially love being home with us 24/7. We’re making the best of a wild situation,” he said.

The ‘Love Me Now’ singer also revealed that since going into quarantine, his work has “been crazy, because we have all this new music that we were preparing to put out and you just never know how all of it affects how people are going to receive it.”

“Will they receive it differently? And then, of course, we’ve had to cancel all kinds of performances. We just don’t know what’s going to happen,” he stated.

Legend is set to release his new album ‘Bigger Love’ very soon. Talking about it, the ten times Grammy award winner said: “I do know that I have a lot of music that I want people to hear and we’re finishing the album up and we still want to put it out reasonably soon.”

“With ‘Bigger Love’ we’ve tried to do more creative things, using dancers filming themselves remotely, and that’s been a lot of fun and made us do things we never would have done during normal times. So in some ways, it’s been necessity being the mother of invention,” Legend added.

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