Brandon Stanton is an advocate of permitting people to speak their minds. On Monday, the man behind the popular website, Humans of New York, decided to speak out in a blunt open letter to Donald Trump.
“Along with millions of Americans, I’ve come to realize that opposing you is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one, ” Stanton wrote in a powerful letter, which was posted to the HONY Facebook page and his personal Twitter account.
The post comes in the wake of a weekend that considered violence in Chicago, where Trump advocates clashed with protesters after the candidate was forced to cancel a rally. Trump took no responsibility for the incident and instead blamed Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders and his supporters for the riots, and threatened the Vermont senator by tweeting 😛 TAGEND
In his letter, Stanton criticizes Trump for instigating violence at his rallies and promoting hateful ideologies toward Muslims, refugees and immigrants, writing 😛 TAGEND
I am a journalist, Mr. Trump. And over the last two years I have conducted extensive interviews with hundreds of Muslims, chosen at random, on the street of Iran, Iraq and Pakistan. I’ve also interviewed hundreds of Syrian and Iraqi refugees across seven different countries. And I can confirm — the hateful one is you.
Stanton’s comments have apparently struck a chord. In the first four hours since it was posted, the message has received over 900,000 likes and 500,000 shares.
To read it in full, see below 😛 TAGEND