‘You are a man who has encouraged prejudice and violence in the pursuit of personal power.’
Brandon Stanton, one of Facebook‘s most 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 his tours of the Muslim world.
“I’ve watched you retweet racist images,” Stanton wrote. “I’ve watched you retweet racist lies. I’ve watched you take 48 hours to disavow white supremacy. I’ve watched you joyfully encourage violence, and promise to ‘pay the legal fees’ of those who commit violence on your behalf. I’ve watched you advocate the use of torture and the murder of terrorists’ families. 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.’”
The Trump campaign did not respond to a request to comment on Stanton’s criticisms.
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