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Opposing you is a moral decision, not political: HONY's Brandon Stanton pens open letter to Donald Trump


Brandon Stanton, a photographer known widely for his portraits, on the humans of New York and their everyday inspiring stories, on Monday wrote a scathing open letter to Donald Trump on his Facebook timeline.

Condemning the presidential candidate, in his letter, Stanton affectingly writes, "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."

An Open Letter to Donald Trump:Mr. Trump,I try my hardest not to be political. I’ve refused to interview several of...

Posted by Humans of New York on Monday, March 14, 2016

Stanton criticised Trump's philosophy and justifies why he is morally rejecting the campaign. "You are not a ‘unifier.’ You are not ‘presidential...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,” he wrote.

Facebook followers rise to the occasion

As of now, Stanton's letter has received a thumbs up from over 1.6 million people, including Hillary Clinton.

Brandon Stanton. Image Courtesy: Twitter profile

Brandon Stanton. Image Courtesy: Twitter profile

The post also received 46,000 comments. Ali Ibrahim from Pakistan said, "Thank you for raising the voice against his blatant racism and representing the true feelings of every Muslim around the globe! With love from Pakistan (where you are welcome always :))." 

Targeting Trump's tendency to dismiss things/people that criticise him, Chelsea Kelle commented: "Here comes Donald's next speech: 'Humans of New York? I am humans of New York. I know more about humans of New York than humans of New York know about humans of New York. Let me tell you about humans of New York, I'm going to make humans of New York better.''

This comment received many hilarious replies. Using a similar rhetoric — Steph Levasseur-Duszynski said, "Every day people call me to tell me they think I'm the best human of New York. I'm not going to say who, but it's big names. You'd know them. And you know what they say? They say, 'Donald, you understand the humans of New York.' And they love what I'm doing as a human of New York."

Twitter reacts

Twitter users endorsed Brandon's words with gusto.

Last year, when Donald Trump had been making a series of politically incorrect and generally inappropriate comments, Huffington Post took a stand about how the website would cover Donald Trump — they had decided to categorise his campaign under Entertainment section instead of Politics. John Oliver, who had stayed away from discussing Donald Trump had decided to tackle him on his show where he urged users to make #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain trend.

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First Published On : Mar 15, 2016 14:13 IST

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