Man with 17 million worldwide followers tells Trump “The hateful one is you” 329



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He runs one of the world’s most popular Facebook pages ‘Humans of New York’ and now he’s stepped out from behind the camera to share his thoughts on the contentious political frontrunner Donald Trump.

Many people don’t know the face of Humans of New York, however they will know Brandon Stanton from his posts that often get shared hundreds of thousands of times. He features real people from all over New York and tells their unique story.

The compassion of the journalist and photographer is clear through what he puts on his page however this is one of the first times he’s made a personal post.

In the scathing open letter to the man many believe (and fear) will be the next president of the United States, Mr Stanton wrote:

Mr. Trump,

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.

Brandon Stanton

Comments on the post are largely in agreement, with one of the top comments saying “From every other part of the world, we are wondering how he is even getting so many votes!”

Others say, “Thank you, Brandon. We need more LOVE and KINDNESS in this world, not hate and fear. You have shown us that!”

Tell us, do you agree with what he said?

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  1. Well said

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    • Trump has lots of money but absolutely no intellect, what does it say for. Americans that have allowed him to get this far! The whole world shudders at the thought of him as President, I hope fate intervenes and stops this outrage

  2. I agree with Brandon Stanton, in my opinion Trump will create far more problems that he will solve, I think he is a very dangerous man

  3. Trump will start race riots, he is whipping up the crowd, and he will run and hide when the trouble begins

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    • I agree but America will become a police state it’s a waiting time bomb ready to go off. Yes the coward will hide pleading it’s not my fault

    • Start race riots ? That’s nonsense he attracted significant votes from blacks and Latino just to start with. I think that you should understand that he hadn’t said anything racist.

    • David, Bea and Lyne- i just posted a reasonably moderate comment about Trump’ s lack of intelligence in stirring up people to get votes.Mr. Young responded to my post ( and a very innocuos ageed statement by another postee) suggesting we are racist leftist “letards”.Go figure.It must be catching .

  4. How is going to handle having to deal with Muslim countries and countries like China and Mexico, if he becomes President ? and will they deal with him ? I wouldn’t after all he has said and he no respect for women either

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    • Yes you would. The USA is still the world’s biggest economy. Many US companies have fled to Mexico to avoid Obama
      They will deal with the US.

  5. That Trump is getting so much support shows how sick American Politics has become and with it much of American society. He is a very dangerous man. It is difficult to judge how much of his rhetoric is just playing to the crowds and if he might show more reason and intelligence if elected. I doubt it and I truly hope we never have to find out.

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    • this person is sick he has to control people to prove he can he does think he can control the world . but can you imagine how he would talk to the other leaders of the world. he will start a war. what he is doing to the people is nothing like what is to come. america will go backwards . bet hitler was his idol . what is the saying these things happen when good men do nothing. should remind him he was a bit of a wimp and had to hide behind his minders what a hero

    • What do you base that rant on. Have you ever heard him in a one on one interview? I have seen a few now. The left wing press have been working overtime on him.

    • Allan Young it doesn’t take the left wing or any other press working on “him” to influence my opinion it just takes the man himself. His rhetoric is dangerous, he is inciting hatred, he is positioning the US to such extremes that allies may back away, there is no room now for diplomacy with some of the comments he has made. The man is a complete idiot.

  6. It has been suspected that he will pull out for Hilary. He has donated to her political career and publicly stated her support. Clinton is another one I don’t trust so I do wonder if the story is true. I think that Americans are just as sick of the big end as we are and a powerful movement in the Bernie race is happening also this year 85% of there congress is up for reelection capitalism is very worried about this movement and loosing control. So it wouldn’t surprise me if this is all show and He moves over for Hillary she loves the big end of town.

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