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A photo showing Russell Simmons at the "I Am A Muslim Too" rally in NYC.

Former friend of President Donald Trump, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons lead NYC Muslim rally

20 February 2017 Entertainment News


Fourth Estate Staff

New York, NY, United States (4E) – A former friend of President Donald Trump, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, joined protesters in New York during the “I am a Muslim too” rally.

The multi-fait and multi-ethnic rally was organized by Simmons, Rabbi March Schneier of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, and Imam Shamsi Ali of the Jamaic Muslim center. The rally took place at the Times Squar in New York City on Sunday afternoon. Most of those who attended were genuine protesters but social activists and tourists were also there to witness the rally.

The groups that attended the event chanted the words “I am a Muslim, too!,” “Hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go,” and “No wall, no Muslim ban, no fascist USA” several times. At one point, Simmons was heard saying, “We are here, unified, because of Donald Trump, so we won’t speak too harshly of him tonight – today. We want to thank him for bringing us together.” He also said, “We are here today to show Middle America our beautiful sides. And through our beautiful actions and intentions, that they have been misled. That the seeds of hate that were small, and maybe just ignorance, cannot be watered, and that hate cannot grow.”

Simmons leading the rally is not a surprise since the two have parted ways in 2015. The two used to be good friends as they socialized nearly almost weekend at the Mar-a-Lago estate of Trump in Florida. Trump also wrote the foreword for two of the books of Simmons. However, when Trump announce his presidential bid, Simmons expressed his opposition saying he would rather have Kim Kardashian be the president than the real estate mogul. Simmons shared in a recent interview they have not spoken since 2015.

Another actress who was at the really was Susan Sarandon . She told the crowd if they are silent, they are complicit in the dismantling of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. She said they should fight hatred with love and fight bigotry with inclusivity .

Around 5,000 were expected to join the rally but it is believed only 1,000 people were in the area. Trump has not yet commented.

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