Humans of New York Founder’s Open Letter to Donald Trump Goes Instantly Viral: ‘I Can Confirm — the Hateful One Is You’

Brandon Stanton, founder of the world-famous blog Humans of New York, wrote a mega viral letter to GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Facebook Monday, ripping the billionaire for hateful rhetoric, violence and prejudice.

Stanton, who said that he didn’t want to publicly comment on the presidential race, changed his mind when he realized that opposing Trump was no longer just a political stance but a moral one.

Brandon Stanton, creator of the Humans of New York blog, with his camera, Feb. 22, 2013. (Getty Images/STAN HONDA/AFP)
Brandon Stanton, creator of the Humans of New York blog (Getty Images/Stan Honda/AFP)

“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,” Stanton wrote. “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.'”

Stanton, who last year traveled to the Middle East to interview hundreds of Muslims in Iraq, Iran and Pakistan, said that Trump is “the hateful one,” despite the Manhattan mogul’s claim that Islam “hates” the United States.

“Over the last two years, I have conducted extensive interviews with hundreds of Muslims,” Stanton said, “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 anger that you’ve joyfully enflamed for months,” Stanton concluded. “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.”

The letter, which was posted to the Humans of New York Facebook page, accumulated nearly 1 million likes in two hours. However, the post is no longer available and appears to have been deleted. Stanton’s tweet of the letter is still live on his Twitter page.

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