Russell Simmons Writes Honest, Open Letter To 'Old Friend' Donald Trump
Russell Simmons penned an open letter to Donald Trump asking the Republican presidential hopeful to cease his condemnation of Muslims.
Titled "Stop The Bullsh*t," the letter begins by revealing for "over 30 plus years," Trump has been "an amazing friend" to Simmons.
The rap mogul recalls taking Trump to the Islamic Cultural Center of New York after the candidate made "disparaging statements about the Muslim community."
At that time, you walked into that house of worship and you felt all the love vibrating in that mosque. Try to remember how sweet and enlightened my good friend, Imam Shamsi Ali was, and all of the people you met with.
Simmons admits, however, his Muslim and Jewish friends are right to compare Trump's desire to ban all Muslims from emigrating to the United States to a policy Adolf Hitler would have triumphed.
According to Simmons, such hateful rhetoric is not a reflection of Trump's "generous" and "kind" heart, noting Trump "built a career on negotiating deals where everybody wins."
He then asks Trump to "stop fueling fires of hate" and remember he is "smarter and certainly more loving" than what his political career might suggest.
The Republicans in power don't like you any more than the Democrats in power, as they know you can't be controlled, because you are your own man. You have been many people's champ in the past, but now you are becoming a major embarrassment. I know the cheap seats are easy to play to, but you can get them just by being the man I have known for nearly 30 years.
Simmons goes on to remind Trump America was founded by immigrants seeking religious freedom.
He believes his longtime friend automatically "failed" as a politician by persecuting a certain religion and type of immigrant.
The letter ends with Simmons vowing to campaign "rigorously" against Trump since their opinions are literally "polar opposites."
But if Trump wins the 2016 election, Simmons says he would gladly visit the White House to "straighten [him] up."