Music mogul Russell Simmons has penned an open letter to potential future president Donald Trump over dicey comments he has made to the press this month.
Simmons acknowledged comparisons Trump has had to deceased German leader Adolf Hitler.
“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. 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.” (Global Grind)
Simmons also made a plea for Trump to reconsider his outlandish statements.
“Stop the bullshit. 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.” (Global Grind)
This week, Simmons called for a ban on allowing Muslim immigrants enter the United States.
Trump has come under bipartisan fire since calling for the ban, with his fellow GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush calling him “unhinged” and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton calling Trump’s proposed ban “reprehensible, prejudiced and divided.” (The Wrap)