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Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton pens open letter to Donald Trump

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"I can confirm — the hateful one is you."

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So writes the man behind Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton, in an open letter to presidential hopeful Donald Trump that has so far been liked over a million times.

In the Facebook post, which has clocked up a more than 637,000 shares, the journalist makes his views amply clear: "I've come to realise that opposing you is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one."

Stanton's impassioned letter goes on to list a dark rollcall of the Republican candidate's recent colourful tactics on the primaries trail.

"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," Stanton wrote.


"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.'

Stanton continues: "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."

"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."

The website, detailing the myriad stories of New York locals is a sensation of modern cultural documentation and its Facebook page has attracted over 17 million followers since Humans of New York launched in 2010. Mr Trump's, by comparison, has 6.4 million followers.

In recent years, the page has expanded to feature stories from people in more than 20 different countries. Stanton has also published two best-selling books.

The Trump camp does not appear to not have replied to the letter - though, if Mr Trump's modus operandi of debasing those who criticise him are anything to go by, Mr Stanton has a loud retort coming his way.

Read the post on Humans of New York in full:

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