Brandon Stanton avoided being political and picking sides. The blogger and photojournalist behind Humans of New York usually does not endorse political candidates. But the violence and prejudice surrounding Donald Trump's campaign forced him to get involved because he realized that "opposing you is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one."
Stanton penned an open letter on Monday to Donald Trump on the Facebook page of Humans of New York, which boasts more than 17 million fans. The open letter to Trump went viral.
In the letter, Stanton cited a few of Trump's questionable comments and actions as reasons for his concern. Stanton criticized Trump for retweeting racist imagery on Twitter and for taking 48 hours to condemn white supremacist organizations while placing blame on a television earpiece.
Stanton was especially critical of the recent incidents with Trump's campaign. He wrote about Trump's encouragement of rampant violence at his rallies while saying that he will pay the legal fees for supporters who conduct violent acts.
He was also concerned with Trump's views on Muslims. In the recent weeks, Trump supported torture by saying that "waterboarding works" during a debate. He also accused Muslims of being executed with bullets dipped in pig's blood.
"I am a journalist, Mr. Trump," Stanton wrote in the letter. "And over the last two years I have conducted extensive interviews with hundreds of Muslims, chosen at random, on the streets 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 ended his open letter with an important message.
"Those of us who have been paying attention will not allow you to rebrand yourself," he wrote. "You are not a 'unifier.' You are not 'presidential.' You are not a 'victim' of the very anger that you've joyfully enflamed (sic) for months. You are a man who has encouraged prejudice and violence in the pursuit of personal power. And though your words will no doubt change over the next few months, you will always remain who you are."
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