Russell Simmons has long been friends with Donald Trump but that didn’t stop the co-founder of the label Def Jam from being candid in a blog post he penned to the Republican frontrunner.
Simmons started the post speaking about the three-decade-long friendship citing Donald as an “amazing friend” and that it pained him to know that his public comments about Trump’s run for president have “strained” or “ruined” their friendship. He writes of the decision:
However, the fact is, what’s at stake is bigger than us.
Simmons then reminds his old friend that he is the chairman of an anti-bigotry organization called The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. He reminded Trump of the time when the business mogul accepted an invitation to visit the Islamic Cultural Center of New York:
“Do you remember, not too long ago, when you made disparaging statements about the Muslim community and I put you on the phone with myself and Rabbi Schneier and we had a meeting with the Chairman of the Islamic Society of North America? You were very gracious and you even came to the Islamic Cultural Center of New York on 96th Street. At that time, you walked into that house of worship and you felt all the love vibrating in that mosque. Try to remember how sweet and enlightened my good friend, Imam Shamsi Ali was, and all of the people you met with.
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.”
He then says of Trump’s campaign:
Now, you seem like a one-man wrecking ball willing to destroy our nation’s foundation of freedom.
Stop the bullshit. Stop fueling fires of hate. Don’t feed into the rhetoric created by small-minded people. . . You have been many people’s champ in the past, but now you are becoming a major embarrassment.
You can read Russell Simmons’ blog post in its entirety here. At the time of this writing Trump had yet to respond to his “old friend.”