The owner of a renowned and widely popular Facebook page Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton, has done something that millions of people all around the world have been wanting to do for a long time now.
Brandon has successfully addressed an open letter to Donald Trump that has gone viral. The letter received about 20,000 shares within half an hour of it being posted online. Brandon tried to express the importance of his letter by mentioning how he has always been a nonpartisan but the current circumstances leave him no choice but to express his view regarding the contemporary political conditions in America.
He has gone as far as to mention how opposing Trump is now moral decision rather than a political one. He has also offered a powerful rationale to support his statement and strengthen its validity. The number of shares and likes on his post are proof enough that Brandon’s feelings that he has put into words are mutual to a large percentage of the world’s population.
Below is Brandon’s brilliant open letter to Trump in full:
I try my hardest not to be political. I’ve refused to interview several of your fellow candidates. I didn’t want to risk any personal goodwill by appearing to take sides in a contentious election. I thought: ‘Maybe the timing is not right.’ But I realize now that there is no correct time to oppose violence and prejudice. The time is always now. Because along with millions of Americans, I’ve come to realize that opposing you 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 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.’
I am a journalist, Mr. Trump. 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.
Those of us who have been paying attention will not allow you to rebrand yourself. You are not a ‘unifier.’ You are not ‘presidential.’ You are not a ‘victim’ of the very anger that you’ve joyfully enflamed 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.