Russell Simmons, whose major superpower is destroying other people’s credit, wrote a letter to Donald Trump, a resilient slug covered in salt wounds, from one money mogul to another.

In a letter published on Global Grind, Simmons encouraged Trump to “Stop the Bullshit,” addressing the Republican presidential candidate as “my old friend Donald Trump.” What is the bullshit, you ask?

First, let Simmons preface this by saying how great of a friend Trump has been over the years. He writes:

Over 30 plus years you have been an amazing friend; endorsing my books, coming to my shows, flying me on your planes, your helicopters, and even allowing my family members and myself to stay in your house in Florida many times. So, it kinda pains me to know that my public statements about your candidacy have strained or ruined our friendship. However, the fact is, what’s at stake is bigger than us.

Simmons—whose RUSH Card has screwed over thousands of people—then mentions his Chairman position at the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and its mission to fight discrimination against Muslims:

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.

Simmons seems to think Trump is a viable leader and is either lying through his ass teeth or as equally disillusioned as Trump, which makes this letter all the more rich. Simmons writes:

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. You are a born leader, who is set to possibly win the nomination of your party, but don’t compromise what I know is in your heart to do it. You are a generous, kind man who has built a career on negotiating deals where everybody wins. Now, you seem like a one-man wrecking ball willing to destroy our nation’s foundation of freedom.

Note that while strongly criticizing Trump’s damaging anti-Muslim message, Simmons tries to be diplomatic, likely in hopes of preserving his ties to Trump. Simmons wants his entrepreneur friend to, “Stop the bullshit. Stop fueling fires of hate. Don’t feed into the rhetoric created by small-minded people,” arguing that Trump is “smarter and certainly more loving then you let on.

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Simmons ends:

I wish you good luck on your path towards the White House, but as I’m sure you know, our belief systems are polar opposites on many of the issues. And I will be campaigning rigorously against you. But if you win, I might still accept an invitation to your house to straighten you up every so often.

How lovely.


Contact the author at clover@jezebel.com.

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