Brandon Stanton, one of Facebook‘smost iconic and influential users, posted an open letter on Monday morning criticizing the leading Republican presidential candidate for promoting racism, lies, and violence.
Stanton runs Humans of New York, a photo journalism project with 17 million fans on Facebook, 5 million fans on Instagram, and two New York Times best sellers under his belt. The blog has famously interviewed President Barack Obama, and Stanton has photographed histours of the Muslim world.
Ive watched you retweet racist images, Stanton wrote. Ive watched you retweet racist lies. Ive watched you take 48 hours to disavow white supremacy. Ive watched you joyfully encourage violence, and promise to pay the legal fees of those who commit violence on your behalf. Ive watched you advocate the use of torture and the murder of terrorists families. Ive watched you gleefully tell stories of executing Muslims with bullets dipped in pig blood. Ive watched you compare refugees to snakes, and claim that Islam hates us.
The Trump campaign did not respond to a request to comment on Stanton’s criticisms.
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