Humans of New York creator slams Donald Trump: ‘The hateful one is you’

Brandon Stanton wrote a scathing letter to Trump on Facebook that has been shared nearly 860,000 times. (AP and AFP)

Humans of New York blogger Brandon Stanton, who amassed nearly 22 millions followers on Facebook and Instagram, wrote a scathing letter to Donald Trump in which he spoke against the Republican front-runner’s rhetoric.

Stanton, who has gone viral since launching his photography project of highlighting everyday New Yorkers, said in the letter than he wished to stay out of politics but “opposing [Trump] is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one.”

“I’ve watched you retweet racist images. I’ve watched you retweet racist lies. I’ve watched you take 48 hours to disavow white supremacy… I’ve watched you gleefully tell stories of executing Muslims with bullets dipped in pig blood. I’ve watched you compare refugees to ‘snakes,’ and claim that ‘Islam hates us,’” he said in a Facebook post that has been shared by nearly 860,000 people since publication.

The Republican front-runner has encouraged supporters to physically confront protesters at his events and is now facing criticism for encouraging violence after skirmishes broke out at a rally last week in Chicago.

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Stanton, who recently branched out and interviewed Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan refugees, called out Trump for his recent comments that “Islam hates the US.”

"Those of us who have been paying attention will not allow you to rebrand yourself. You are not a ‘unifier.’ You are not ‘presidential,’” he said.

(With AP)

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