The voice of US presidential hopeful Donald Trump may be getting louder as the election campaign rolls on, but one American voter has managed to cut through the slogans to deliver a powerful message.
Posting an open letter on Facebook earlier today, photojournalist and founder of Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton, tackled one of the major issues that continues to plague America as a nation, and one that is gleefully propagated by the real estate mogul and his band of die-hard supporters – racism.
“The hateful one is you,” Stanton powerfully wrote.
In the letter, Stanton describes Trump as “a man who has encouraged prejudice and violence in the pursuit of personal power”.
“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. 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’s letter comes at a critical time in the US election process and following weeks of sidestepping, denial and conflicted messaging from Trump.