John Legend warns Trump would take America to a 'dark place' not seen since slavery
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Renaissance man John Legend has made it no secret he is no fan of GOP candidate for president Donald Trump.

In March, Legend got into a Twitter war with Trump's son after he called Trump a racist. Now, the actor and singer is doubling down, warning that electing Trump could lead the United States back to a "dark place" not seen since slavery.

“We are in a moment now where we have a major candidate for office who is being very racist and divisive in a very public way," Legend said of Trump in an interview with Variety. "I feel the need to call that out all the time because I don’t want us to feel like it’s impossible for our nation to go back to another dark place. I think we can slip into that if we let the wrong person take over and impose the wrong regime on this country.”

Legend's words are particularly chilling because he was talking to the publication about "Underground," a period drama about slavery for which Legend is executive producer.

“I’m sure people in 1800’s didn’t think they were evil people, but they allowed an evil institution to last for quite a long time,” Legend said.

He said he has been attacked on social media for being so vocal on his opinions of Trump -- but Legend said he won't be backing down.

"Some people want me to shut up and sing…I can’t just sit by and watch,” he told Variety. “Most of them are eggs on Twitter. Or they have a Trump icon on Twitter... I can’t sit by and let this stuff happen without trying to influence people. It’s worth it to me. “