This Facebook Letter To Donald Trump Has Been Shared A Million Times

An impassioned Facebook post directed at Donald Trump has received over 1.7 million likes, and been shared almost a million times.

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The open letter was written on 14 March by Brandon Stanton of the hugely successful Humans of New York Facebook page, which features stories and images of everyday people and has a following of over 17 million. It reads as follows:

An Open Letter to Donald Trump:
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.
Sincerely, Brandon Stanton

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

The messages of support for the letter have been flooding in, with the post attracting over 57,000 comments.



    Remind me again how many FB shares it took to bring down Joseph Kony?


    Nobody has any obligation to disavow any groups or causes deemed objectionable by some self-proclaimed moral guardian interweeny douchebag. Eg. Did the author of that tripe disavow Al Nusra and the Shining Path yet?

      Are they running for President of the USA?

    Lost me a Mr Drumpf - if you can't win an argument without calling names, you need to rethink your argument (regardless that this is exactly what Trump does himself).

    And before any points out that Drumpf is just his name in German, so what? My name in Spanish is Tomas, what difference does that make. His legal name is Trump, so therefore anything else is just name calling.

      Trump "teased" Jon Stuart about his original name (in a possibly anti-semetic way)
      That's why Jon Oliver returned the favor.

        Actually he just used Stewart's name, didn't tease him at all. Stewart called Trump f**ckface, which demonstrates Stewart's level of intelligence.

      Trumpf is his true family name. It was changed to Trump when his family immigrated to America, so that they could avoid the types of violence he, himself is promoting. This is the irony that people are promoting when they call him Trumpf.

      His family didn't like being targeted for being from another country, but Trump is quite happy to dish out that very same violence to others in the same situation as his family was. Do you not see the irony in that?

      I'm with you Thomas - you can't fight fire with fire. Same as when groups wanting something call others a bigot for not agreeing with their point of view... irony... much!!!

    Yup! That about sums him up. @thomas As for the Drumpf thing, it's just a harmless dig, I don't think Trump would have a leg to stand on if he wanted to call him out on it.

    Not being personally a fan of the guy, but it's generally a really unwise and financially risky move to publish defamatory statements about one of the richest people in the western world.

    Must be in desperate need of some self-publicity.

    An Afghan ex-digger I personally know would definitely say you are sourcing your interviews from the wrong neck of the woods dude ......

      Heh. I think he's far from one of the richest people in the Western world! And Humans of NY has three times as many Facebook fans as Trump, I think Brandon Stanton is doing OK...

        Whah? According to this source, there seems to only be 404 richer people than Don in the WhOle World...

        And sure, props to Brandon, he must have some cahonas.

      What exactly do you think is defamatory in that?

    What is the point of this letter? Trump supporters, opponents, and the indifferent all know what trump stands for. It's public knowledge. In no way will the letter sway a supporter to stop supporting because they believe in the same things Trump does. They haven't been tricked into following. Instead they imagine a time where they can be public and proud about their own hatred. Trump is just the tip of the spear.

      Democracy has failed. If people believe in him then he needs to be president or the alternative is someone who rakes in millions to look after their buddies in big business.

      Politicians are mostly a useless spineless bunch, who says what they think you want to hear so they can get into power and achieve nothing... like Obama.

      I say if Trump is elected by the people then so be it, ill await his report card at the end, history will judge him.

      To be honest I think most people in their beds at night are tired of the PC BS. The west keeps digging its own grave while everyone else is cashing in. No one cares about the west but the leftist brigade cares about everyone. There needs to be a change or we can all kiss our way of life good bye, can a politician do it?

        report card at the end

        So around 3-4 years after he is elected then. That's how long it will take for him to start WWIII

          Do you think Hillary wouldn't start WW3?

          You think Bernie is fit to control a country when his own rally was hijacked by thugs, the guy has never run a lemonade stand, USA will learn what communism was like and undergo civil war lol

            Trump publically stated he intended to slaughter the families of ISIS terrorist which constitutes a war crime and would lead to China and Russia slapping a fuck ton of trade sanctions on them. Hilary and bernie certainly have not stated they would commit a war crime.

        who says what they think you want to hear so they can get into power and achieve nothing... like ObamaYou might want to check the facts on that mate. Obama has achieved so much more than he is given credit for and yet the Republicans hate him so much, that every time they talk about him they talk him down as a loser. He has nothing to prove or be ashamed of.
        Seems to me you are either just trolling or just ignorant. If the American people (those that even bother to vote, most don't) are stupid enough to vote Trump in, then I guess they deserve the shit fight they voted for. I seriously doubt they are THAT stupid.

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          The problem with this sentiment is that this psycho will have his finger on the button. That's not just an issue for Americans.

            If he gets in I'll start a Kickstarter fund to raise money for a hitman ;)

        Democracy failed long ago mate, there should be an IQ test for people to vote.

        The difference is Trump is an accountable businessman who's actually DONE things, many things and done them well, that makes him unlike most unaccountable politicians who have never created a product or service anyone ever needed, he actually understands what debt means, he's not part of the corrupt establishment, which is why they're all freaking out about him upending their gravy trains

        You are right though, most people support trump because they are sick of the other sterile phony politicians who refuse to address reality because of people's hypersensitive feelings and are terrified of losing votes. If anything, Trump is the most honest of the candidates, and that is a good start.

        ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS A PROBLEM, ISLAMIC TERRORISM IS A PROBLEM, they are real problems to any nation, and the only reason you can discuss them now is because of TRUMP

        Or would you like to end up like Sweden? Where the police tell girls to stay indoor to avoid getting raped because their government is overly PC

          So, you like Trump then?
          He's not an accountable businessman, most of the shit he says he started is in other companies names. He doesn't understand what debt means, he just throws money at his poor management. His money came from his daddy and the only reason he hasn't run out is because he has someone investing it for him.
          ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS A PROBLEM, ISLAMIC TERRORISM IS A PROBLEMNo, no and no. Illegal immigration has fallen for years, Islamic terrorism is only a real problem in those Islamic states that don't have the resources and leadership to fight it. And nobody has ever had a problem with discussing it.

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            Islamic states that don't have the resources and leadership to fight it.

            I am no fan of trump, however to say Islamic terrorism is not a concern in the west is denying the danger it does pose, insults the victims who have died and plays into the hand of Trump supporters who say the left just denies the threat.

          Illegal immigration is not a problem, The Republicans just dislike anyone brown skinned. Islamic terrorism is a result of the Bush administration, So you can blame yourself for that one mate.

            Islamic terrorism is a result of the Bush administration

            So there was no Islamic terrorism in the west before 2000?
            There was.
            Go do some research

            >Illegal immigration is not a problem

            It's not about the colour of their skin, there's no money to support them and it fucks over migrants who go through the legal process, oh and they tend to be criminals
            Haven't you heard about the drug cartels in mexico?

            While illegal immigrants account for about 3.5 percent of the U.S population, they represented 36.7 percent of federal sentences in FY 2014 following criminal convictions, according to U.S. Sentencing Commission data obtained by Breitbart News.

            But you think you're an expert on american politics, because you watch the daily show, colbert and john oliver

            >Islamic terrorism is a result of the Bush administration

            You have no clue what you're talking about
   also get a quaran and read verse 8:12
            And while you're at it, take a history lesson or two

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