Back in 2011, Donald Trump once stated that he had “a great relationship with the blacks,” a relationship one could find dubious due to last part of that quote. Now that he’s the GOP frontrunner for president, Trump has proven that he indeed has black friends, but even back then, Russell Simmons was a longtime pal of his. It turns out, however, that Simmons, much like every other politician, is not down with Trump’s latest moves. So Simmons typed up an open letter to his friend asking him to listen to his heart rather than some of his more fervent supporters.
Over 30 plus years you have been an amazing friend; endorsing my books, coming to my shows, flying me on your planes, your helicopters, and even allowing my family members and myself to stay in your house in Florida many times. So, it kinda pains me to know that my public statements about your candidacy have strained or ruined our friendship. However, the fact is, what’s at stake is bigger than us.
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.
Stop the bullsh*t. 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.
So far, the Trump playbook for dealing with his opponents involves deflecting and calling them out on a flaw of their own. Simmons’ current fiasco with his debit-card company withholding funds from its users and delaying investigations into its practices puts an easy enough target on his back for Trump to deflect this. As outlandish as Trump’s comments have been, he’s still popular in the polls, and as The Daily Show pointed out, there may not be a line for him to cross anymore.
(Via Global Grind)