Humans of New York, a massively popular Facebook page devoted to sharing the photos of everyday New Yorkers and their personal stories, has made a rare political statement with a strong-worded condemnation of Donald Trump on Monday.
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In an open letter to the Republican frontrunner, the page's owner and operator Brandon Stanton wrote that while he tries not to be political, "opposing you is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one."
In the letter, which was shared over half a million times and liked by nearly a million people in four hours, Stanton referred to several recent incidents in Trump's turbulent campaign, slamming him for taking "48 hours to disavow white supremacy," and for calling for the use of torture and for 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,’" said the letter.
"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," the letter went on to say.
A crucial round of nominating contests, including in Florida and Ohio, is slated for Tuesday. Trump has emerged from the early nominating contests with a clear lead in the number of delegates needed to win the party nomination for the Nov. 8 election.
He is trailed by Ted Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, and could seize control of the race with big wins in Tuesday's voting in Ohio, Florida, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina.
Opinion polls also showed him with comfortable leads in all those states, except Ohio, where he is roughly tied with the state's governor John Kasich.