Photographer and journalist Brandon Stanton, founder of the hugely popular blog Humans of New York (HoNY), joined a long list Donald Trump critics, taking on the Republican presidential contender for his various statements in the US primaries that determine the final US presidential candidates.
“I try my hardest not to be political,” Stanton wrote in a Facebook post on Monday night. “But I realize now that there is no correct time to oppose violence and prejudice. The time is always now. Because along with millions of Americans, I’ve come to realize that opposing you is no longer a political decision. It is a moral one.”
Stanton became popular for his often touching, sensitive and endearing short interviews of people he meets on the streets. Since starting the blog in 2010, he’s travelled extensively, and even made a stop in New Delhi in September 2014.
On the other hand, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump made headlines with his consistent anti-Muslim rhetoric, misogynistic commentary and his encouragement of violence among his supporters.
Earlier last year, in the wake of the San Bernadino shooting, Trump had issued a statement calling for an immediate ban on all Muslims travelling to the United States. The proposal met wide widespread condescension both from US and Global leaders.
“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 continued.
Contending that he had interviewed scores of Muslims (as part of a United Nations initiative, Stanton had travelled to Pakistan and parts of the Middle East last year to document the lives of ordinary Muslims), the HoNY founder said that it was Trump who was the real danger.
“You are a man who has encouraged prejudice and violence in the pursuit of personal power. And though your words will no doubt change over the next few months, you will always remain who you are.”
Tuesday sees important primaries in five key states – Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri and North Carolina – that could secure the Republican nomination for the real-estate tycoon.