John Legend is demanding that Donald Trump apologise for ‘demonising Muslims’ after 50 people were killed in shootings in two mosques in New Zealand – with the shooter having cited the US president in his manifesto.
The singer said: “He [Donald Trump] needs to apologise for demonising Muslims.”
Speaking to NowThis about the terror attack, for which one man has been arrested and another two are in custody. Legend said:
He needs to apologise for demonising brown people who have tried to come here and have a better life. He characterises their desire to come here and work and feed their family as an invasion.’
Legend added that such rhetoric “emboldens” people with “a hateful ideology.”
When people of such influence and such stature are endorsing such a hateful, evil ideology, it emboldens those who will go out and do something really evil and nasty, like what happened in New Zealand.
We need the president to speak out against it.
They need to make it clear that it’s not acceptable for us to use this kind of violent rhetoric that leads to this kind of violent action.
Donald Trump has often used inflammatory language to talk about immigration.