By Erin Duvall
Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons has a message for his old friend Donald Trump. Simmons penned an open letter to the presidential hopeful recalling their relationship and making a case against Trump’s policies, specifically his recent call to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
“My friends, both Muslims and Jews, are saying there are so many comparisons between your rap and Hitler’s, and I cannot disagree with them, Donald,” Simmons writes in the letter posted on GlobalGrind. “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, who is the chairman of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, details a recent interaction he facilitated between Trump and the Islamic community, before going on to say:
“Stop the bulls—. Stop fueling fires of hate. Don’t feed into the rhetoric created by small-minded people. You’re smarter and certainly more loving then you let on. The Republicans in power don’t like you any more than the Democrats in power, as they know you can’t be controlled, because you are your own man. You have been many people’s champ in the past, but now you are becoming a major embarrassment. I know the cheap seats are easy to play to, but you can get them just by being the man I have known for nearly 30 years.”
Read the full letter here.