Chrissy Teigen Struggled With How To Respond to Trump's Twitter Attack

How do you respond when the president of the United States calls you "filthy" to millions of people on Twitter? This is the dilemma Chrissy Teigen faced when President Trump attacked Teigen and her husband John Legend Sunday night on Twitter.

"My heart stopped because at that moment you know that you're about to get just the wildest group of people ever," Teigen told Ellen DeGeneres during an appearance on Ellen Wednesday. Teigen went on to explain how both she and Legend struggled to respond to the Twitter attack, trying to find the balance between anger and funny. But she did consent there is some truth to the president's criticism.

"He [Trump] just went in — he called John a 'boring musician' and his 'filthy-mouthed wife," she said. "Which, those two things are true, John is boring, I do have a filthy mouth."

Because Trump blocked Teigen on Twitter, she couldn't directly address the president by tagging him, so instead, she shared a tweet using her own way of addressing the president.

lol what a pussy ass bitch. tagged everyone but me. an honor, mister president.

— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 9, 2019

"We can't show those words," DeGeneres said, looking at the tweet Teigen shared Sunday.

"Can I say those words?" Teigen asks. "I said, 'LOL what a p*ssy *ss b*tch president,'" to thunderous applause from the audience.

"We got hashtag p*ssy a** b*tch president, or president p*ssy *ss b*tch was trending," Teigen went on to say. "But they couldn't really show that it was trending." The hashtag eventually got shortened to #PAB.

Teigen has been a frequent critic of the president, but she told DeGeneres that lately she had been doing well online.

"I've been on such good behavior, I really think before I tweet lately," Teigen said. "I don't want to offend people for a joke."

Chrissy Teigen Struggled With How To Respond to Trump’s Twitter Attack
Chrissy Teigen attends the premiere of NBC's "Bring The Funny" at Rockwell Table & Stage on June 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Teigen says her "heart stopped" when President Trump attacked her on Twitter Sunday night. Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic

Teigen said that she's tried of late to stay calm about the president's "rants," which often come "late at night." Instead of focusing on the anger, she credited Twitter for creating a community of people who allow her to just laugh about the whole incident.

"You're just gonna let that go, right?" DeGeneres asked, referring to Teigen responding to Trump and his Twitter rants.

"Yeah, maybe," Teigen responded, coyly. "Did he say something else?"

The Twitter drama started when President Trump called out the famous couple for not working with the administration when the First Step Act was signed into law last year, a bipartisan piece of legislation which reduced mandatory minimum sentences and has benefited thousands of inmates. Trump also went after CNN commentator Van Jones and NBC's Lester Holt in the Twitter rant.

When all of the people pushing so hard for Criminal Justice Reform were unable to come even close to getting it done, they came to me as a group and asked for my help. I got it done with a group of Senators & others who would never have gone for it. Obama couldn’t come close....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2019

Legend responded to the president's tweet, criticizing how Trump uses his time as president and then pleaded for Melania Trump to praise her husband because he's looking for "somebody-ANYBODY" to praise him.

Imagine being president of a whole country and spending your Sunday night hate-watching MSNBC hoping somebody--ANYBODY--will praise you. Melania, please praise this man. He needs you.

— John Legend (@johnlegend) September 9, 2019

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian-West, who have been seen socially with Teigen and Legend, were early (and vocal) supporters of Trump's endorsement of the First Step Act, lobbying the president to sign the legislation.