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Russell Simmons Asks Donald Trump to 'Stop the Bulls---' in Open Letter

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Russell Simmons attends the 3rd Annual Noble Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 27, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Russell Simmons, who's already spoken out against Donald Trump's tumultuous campaign for president, just shared an open letter addressing his concerns about the polarizing rhetoric of his "amazing friend," as he describes Trump.

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First recalling a recent meeting at a Manhattan mosque organized by Simmons's Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, which he organized specifically to address Trump's Islamophobia, Simmons concludes that, "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."

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He pleads with the business-magnate-turned-politico to abandon his violent views, telling him to "stop the bullshit. 

"Stop fueling fires of hate," he continues. "Don’t feed into the rhetoric created by small-minded people. You’re smarter and certainly more loving then you let on."

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Simmons concludes that Trump is "becoming a major embarrassment," adding, "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."

Read the full letter on Global Grind.


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