John Legend Dragged Into Melania Trump Controversy, Makes Taylor Swift Joke
After Trump spoke at the Republican National Convention on Monday night, it was revealed portions of her speech were plagiarized from the one Michelle Obama actually gave at the Democratic National Convention back in 2008. In the hours since, the potential future First Lady and her presidential candidate husband Donald Trump have largely been slammed for the ethical wrongdoing. But some Republicans and those associated with the campaign have been defending the misstep.
That includes Sean Spicer, the RNC communications director, who appeared live on MSNBC on Tuesday afternoon, and tried to demonstrate how the controversial lines from the speech contain common phrases that have also been said by other people. “Melania Trump said, ‘You work hard for what you want in life.’ Akon said, ‘Work what for what you get in life.’ John Legend said–,” Spicer rambled before being interrupted by the news anchor.
But he persisted, and even made a My Little Pony reference (see video below). The RNC rep went on, “So, look, a simple Google search with three phrases comes up with everything from Sparkle Pony to John Legend to Akon to Notorious BIG.” Spicer made similar comments on other networks, such as CNN.
Legend, we’re sure, certainly wasn’t expecting to be brought into the controversy, and apparently learned of the remark on Twitter. WPIX editor Tony Gatto tweeted, “RNC Chief strategist @seanspicer claims Melania used common phrases used by Kid Rock, John Legend, Public Enemy, Akon, House of Pain.” Legend caught wind of the tweet, and re-posted it, stating, “I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative.”
Hilariously, that was a bit of plagiarism from Legend himself. The singer, of course, was quoting Swift, who used that line in her statement slamming Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on Sunday night. Legend is a close friend of the couple, and though he hasn’t weighed in on the massive feud, it’s clear he’s been paying attention. See below.
WATCH: RNC spokesman quotes John Legend, Akon and “My Little Pony” while defending Melania Trump’s speechhttps://t.co/0rc9d8I9Qb
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