Russell Simmons to Donald Trump: ‘People Fear This Country Has Just Elected its First Dictator’
The controversy surrounding Donald Trump and his Presidential election win is growing larger every day, and the tension within the U.S. is only getting thicker. After a week of protests, rallies, and petitions against the entrepreneur and his team, many are fearful of the fate of the country, as it will soon be in the hands of Trump. While the hip-hop community has been consistently sharing their distaste for the President-elect, Russell Simmons took a different route to get through to him.
The music mogul used The Huffington Post as a platform to pen a prayer letter to Mr. Trump, sharing his thoughts and concerns over his future presidency. In the letter, Simmons offers his willingness to work with Trump, but also advises him to change the team around him.
"You have many progressive friends from New York and your campaign has alienated many of them. It is time to bring them back into your circle, so you can get honest advice from people who have known you for years. Those who have surrounded you during the campaign have offered some very dangerous policies that would hurt people and the planet, which I want to believe you still care about. The far right wing and the alt-right were your most staunch supporters, but those people are not your friends and you know that," he writes.
He also condemns the President-elect for his harmful campaign rhetoric, and promised policies.
"Donald, you cannot target a religious group of people. That is dangerous. You cannot separate families and deport people who have only known this country as their home. That is immoral. Donald, you cannot further militarize the police and empower them to antagonize and terrorize black communities. That is unjust. You cannot wage war against women’s rights. That is disastrous. You must stop with the hateful and harmful language towards women and people of color. That is unacceptable" he wrote.
Concluding the letter, Uncle Rush signs off by sharing some of the thoughts of the millions of Americans who have been against Trump's campaign.
"An entire generation of young people fear that this country has just elected its first dictator, and I cannot blame them for thinking that. However, I know you and I have to believe that you want to listen to outside people. But if you want to just listen to people like Rudy Giuliani and Mike Pence, then I am sorry to tell you that your four years in the White House will be incredibly unpleasant," he pens.
Check out the full letter here. What are your thoughts on Russell Simmons' words to Trump?