If You Hated Trump's RNC 2016 Speech, John Legend Says It's One More Reason to Vote

Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

There are very few things Donald Trump does that are typical. Still on Thursday night, the grand finale of the 2016 Republican National Convention, the now-official Republican nominee gave a speech that still managed to surprise — if only for its length.

John Legend, for one, wasn't having it. On Twitter, the singer said the speech, clocking in at an hour and 15 minutes (the longest since at least 1972, according to the  New York Times), was all the more reason for Americans to hit the polls in November.

"If he loses the election, you will never again have to be yelled at for Trump this long," wrote Legend.

Legend has made his opposition to Trump abundantly clear, in March tweeting at Donald Trump Jr., who mentioned protesters at his father's rally "couldn't even answer" when asked what they were protesting.

"I think they were protesting your racist father," Legend wrote. "This isn't complicated." 

Last month, in a keynote speech at Variety TV's summit, the singer said, "We are in a moment now where we have a major candidate for office that is being very racist and divisive. I feel the need to call that out all the time because I don't want us to feel like it's impossible for our nation to go back to another dark place." 

Legend's wife Chrissy Teigen has also been vocal about her views on the GOP candidate, criticizing Trump for advertising a meeting with black pastors he said wasn't a "press event."

Trump later retweeted a reply to Teigen, calling her a "trashy gutter mouth woman." Teigen said she wasn't bothered by the insults — instead, she and Legend channel them into something positive. "Every time shit like this happens, John and I immediately make another donation to Planned Parenthood," she wrote at the time.

And with nearly four months still left of the 2016 presidential election, it's unlikely Legend and Teigen will hush up about their political opinions any time soon.

Said Legend at the Variety TV summit, "Some people want me to shut up and sing... I can't just sit by and watch."

Read more:
Chrissy Teigen Just Send Donald Trump a Birthday... Erm... Greeting
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Teamed Up for a Muhammad Ali Takedown of Piers Morgan 
Chrissy Teigen Just Won Her Husband John Legend an Award — All Thanks to a Single Tweet

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Marie Solis

Marie is a Slay staff writer with focuses in culture and class. Her writing has appeared in Gothamist and the Awl. You can reach her at marie@mic.com.

MORE FROM

Dow Jones won’t talk about its reported pay gap problem

A study released by the union representing Dow Jones employees found evidence of a "significant pay gap between men and women" who had the same job title and level of experience.

Mom slams ACA repeal, shows what's at stake in a tweetstorm about son's health

This mom says that without the ACA, her son wouldn't get the medical care he desperately needs.

Theresa May announces pact with Northern Ireland's conservative DUP

10 of the DUP's MPs will vote alongside May's party in exchange for more than $1 billion of funds.

Supreme Court will hear case of baker who refused service to gay couples on religious grounds

The Supreme Court will take on the case of a bakery owner who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple.

'Hot Mic' podcast: Health care opposition, Trump on Russian meddling & Pakistan tanker explosion

The important stories to get you caught up for Monday morning.

Dozens missing after tourist boat carrying more than 160 passengers sinks in Colombia

At least six people are confirmed dead and dozens more unaccounted for.

Dow Jones won’t talk about its reported pay gap problem

A study released by the union representing Dow Jones employees found evidence of a "significant pay gap between men and women" who had the same job title and level of experience.

Mom slams ACA repeal, shows what's at stake in a tweetstorm about son's health

This mom says that without the ACA, her son wouldn't get the medical care he desperately needs.

Theresa May announces pact with Northern Ireland's conservative DUP

10 of the DUP's MPs will vote alongside May's party in exchange for more than $1 billion of funds.

Supreme Court will hear case of baker who refused service to gay couples on religious grounds

The Supreme Court will take on the case of a bakery owner who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple.

'Hot Mic' podcast: Health care opposition, Trump on Russian meddling & Pakistan tanker explosion

The important stories to get you caught up for Monday morning.

Dozens missing after tourist boat carrying more than 160 passengers sinks in Colombia

At least six people are confirmed dead and dozens more unaccounted for.