“I’m in the hospital with our new son,” begins John Legend’s Twitter thread, which has since been shared by over 2,000 people.
Chrissy Teigen’s fans were overjoyed when the move took to Twitter to announce the birth of her and John Legend’s second child, a baby boy.
“Somebody’s here,” she wrote, alongside a string of baby bottle emojis.
However, while her husband retweeted the post into his own feed, Legend wound up posting a thought-provoking Twitter thread of his own – one which was seemingly inspired by both the arrival of his newborn son, and President Donald Trump’s most recent (and inflammatory) comments on immigration.
As seen in the footage below, the president recently criticised the state of California’s so-called sanctuary laws, which restrict communication between local law enforcement and federal immigration officers.
And, after Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims complained about state restrictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities, Trump said: “We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them.
“You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals.”
Responding to Trump’s comments without ever mentioning his name, Legend tweeted: “Even human beings who commit heinous acts are the same species as us, not ‘animals’.”
The singer continued: “I’m in the hospital with our new son. Any of these babies here could end up committing terrible crimes in the future. It’s easy, once they’ve done so, to distance ourselves from their humanity. But it’s much more honest and challenging to realise they were all babies once and think about what in society, their home life, etc took them from baby to violent gang member.
“And then to think about collective action we could take to mitigate these conditions.”
Even human beings who commit heinous acts are the same species as us, not "animals". I'm in the hospital with our new son. Any of these babies here could end up committing terrible crimes in the future. It's easy, once they've done so, to distance ourselves from their humanity— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 18, 2018
But it's much more honest and challenging to realize they were all babies once and think about what in society, their home life, etc took them from baby to violent gang member. And then to think about collective action we could take to mitigate these conditions— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 18, 2018
Legend added that “we should particularly interrogate the role of American policy in helping to make MS-13 the organisation it is now”.
“Dehumanising large groups of people is the demagogue’s precursor to visiting violence and pain upon them,” he said. “It makes it easier to destroy their families and much worse.”
A whole lot of Americans' ancestors brutally enslaved, beat, lynched and raped my ancestors. A lot of the same folks quick to call other folks animals. What does that make you? The answer is that we're all human. And some humans do really fucked up things. https://t.co/XBiyHNhUQR— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 18, 2018
Trump has since defended his use of the word “animals” to describe individuals trying to cross into the United States illegally, saying that he had been specifically referring to members of the brutal transnational gang MS-13.
“I’m referring, and you know I’m referring, to the MS-13 gangs that are coming in,” the POTUS told a reporter who asked him about the remark, a day after using the term during a White House meeting about immigration.
“We have laws that are laughed at on immigration. So when the MS-13 comes in, when the other gang members come into our country, I refer to them as animals. And guess what? I always will.”