Yesterday, Russell Simmons published an open letter addressing Donald Trump and his recent proposal that America prevent any Muslims from crossing its borders. “Over 30 plus years you have been an amazing friend,” notes the Def Jam co-founder. “However, the fact is, what’s at stake is bigger than us.”
“My friends, both Muslims and Jews, are saying there are so many comparisons between your rap and Hitler’s,” Simmons continues. “I cannot disagree with them, Donald. You can’t possibly want your kids or your wife Melania (all of whom I know and respect) to live with that. You are a born leader, who is set to possibly win the nomination of your party, but don’t compromise what I know is in your heart to do it. You are a generous, kind man who has built a career on negotiating deals where everybody wins. Now, you seem like a one-man wrecking ball willing to destroy our nation’s foundation of freedom.”
Simmons suggests a simple solution: “Stop the bullshit. Stop fueling fires of hate. Don’t feed into the rhetoric created by small-minded people. You’re smarter and certainly more loving than you let on… You have been many people’s champ in the past, but now you are becoming a major embarrassment.”
Simmons is currently the Chairman of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, “whose sole mission is to fight bigotry of all kinds.” Read his full letter here.