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Jessica Goodman
December 09, 2015 AT 12:57 PM EST

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has been slammed in the media this week after calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” J.K. Rowling said he was worse than Voldemort, and now Trump’s old pal Russell Simmons is taking aim in an open letter to the candidate.

“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,” Simmons wrote on his website. “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 goes on to explain his role as Chairman of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, and how he’s worked hard to fight Islamophobia and anti-Semitism around the world. “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.”

He continues: “Stop the bulls—. Stop fueling fires of hate. Don’t feed into the rhetoric created by small-minded people. You’re smarter and certainly more loving then you let on. The Republicans in power don’t like you any more than the Democrats in power, as they know you can’t be controlled, because you are your own man. You have been many people’s champ in the past, but now you are becoming a major embarrassment. I know the cheap seats are easy to play to, but you can get them just by being the man I have known for nearly 30 years.”

Simmons finishes the letter by wishing him luck and saying he “will be campaigning rigorously against you.” See his full letter at the Global Grind.

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