Malcolm Ali/WireImage for Bragman Nyman CafarelliIn an open letter posted on GlobalGrind.com, hip-hop and entertainment mogul Russell Simmons has added his voice to the chorus of people criticizing Donald Trump for his comments about banning all Muslims from entering the U.S. In this instance, however, Simmons speaks to Trump as a longtime friend, and tells him point-blank to “Stop the bullsh**t. Stop fueling the fires of hate.”
In his letter, Simmons says Trump has been an “amazing friend” to him for “over 30 plus years,” and adds, “It kinda pains me to know that my public statements about your candidacy have strained or ruined our friendship. However, the fact is, what’s at stake is bigger than us.”
Simmons reminds Trump that he — Simmons, not Trump — is the Chairman of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, whose stated mission is to stop bigotry, including both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, Simmons says, “My friends, both Muslims and Jews, are saying there are so many comparisons between your rap and Hitler’s, and I cannot disagree with them, Donald. You can’t possibly want your kids or your wife Melania (all of whom I know and respect) to live with that.”
Praising Trump a “born leader” and a “generous, kind man,” Simmons points out that lately, the billionaire seems “like a one-man wrecking ball willing to destroy our nation’s foundation of freedom.”
“Stop the bulls***. Stop fueling fires of hate,” Simmons declares. “Don’t feed into the rhetoric created by small-minded people. You’re smarter and certainly more loving then you let on…You have been many people’s champ in the past, but now you are becoming a major embarrassment.”
Simmons goes on to say that he hopes his comments will get Trump to back down, because, as he points out, “You are trying to be president of a country built on religious freedom; remember that the next time you discuss the beautiful followers of Islam.”
Simmons ends his rebuke of Trump by wishing him luck on his campaign, but cautioning him, “I will be campaigning rigorously against you.” And if Trump does win the White House, Simmons states, “I might still accept an invitation to your house to straighten you up every so often.”
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