Chrissy Teigen called out Ivanka Trump for a “complete lack of empathy” in regards to the Trump administration’s child separation on Wednesday night at the House Democrats’ annual retreat.
“It’s a painful thing to see that and it’s a painful thing to see such a complete lack of empathy,” Teigen said when asked by Melissa Harris-Perry, a former MSNBC host, how images of separated children affected her.
“When it comes from people, like Ivanka, I will say, that can post all day pictures of her children that are just in her home and ‘oh my daughter is having trouble in her crib’ or ‘my daughter is doing this’ and ‘my daughter is doing this,’ there are children out there that don’t have that opportunity,” she continued.
Teigen, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump, discussed how the current administration has impacted her mental health. She joked that she and her husband, John Legend, have very different social media personalities, but said she needed to step away from constantly discussing issues of the day for her own well-being.
“I couldn’t read the messages that I was being sent because, of course, Donald more than anything he says and does, he opened a world, opened up a window to all these people that felt like it became OK to be just as nasty as him, and it made it acceptable and I didn’t want to be a part of that anymore,” she said.
She said that she typically likes to make light of things, but “but it’s hard to find the funny when there’s so much sad and when there’s so much agony and pain and people being treated horribly.”
The White House did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Later in the discussion, the moderator noted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has helped demonstrate the importance of saying “no” and asked Teigen what word she hoped women would start using more frequently.
“F*** you,” she said bluntly.
The audience broke into laughter and Teigen then turned to the speaker and said, “I’m so sorry, Speaker Pelosi.”
“Sometimes you don’t got to say it, you just walk out,” Legend said.
“By the way, you don’t have to say it … it is not a word, it’s not a sentence, it’s a mindset,” Teigen said.
The power couple was also asked about reparations, which Legend called “a long overdue” conversation.
At the National Action Network conference last week, multiple 2020 candidates expressed support for H.R. 40, a House bill that would establish a congressional panel to study the possibility of reparations for descendants of slaves. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders have all said they would be in favor of the legislation.
On Monday, Sen. Cory Booker announced that he would be taking the lead on this issue in the Senate and would introduce legislation as a result of “overt policies fueled by white supremacy and racism that have oppressed African Americans economically for generations,” he said in a statement.
CNN’s Julie Gallagher contributed to this report.