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Russell Simmons: Trump Has ‘Fueled Fires of Hate’


On Monday’s broadcast of “CBS This Morning,” music mogul Russell Simmons accused Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of fueling “fires of hate.”

Host Charlie Rose asked, “Are you ready for President Trump?”

Simmons said, “Trump? No. I think I’m ready for him to win the Republican primary. That’d be good.”

Simmons continued, “We have been friends for many years. I’m surprised at his views on immigration and people in general. He said things that have fueled fires of hate and that’s hurt me because I’ve known him for so long.”

He added, “And I think that there’s a piece of America that’s still fighting this shift towards tolerance and love for each other. And those people are supporting him, a great number of them, and some are for other reasons, this anger. And he’s doing – he’s saying everything that could hurt under-served communities and he’s really getting a lot of support.”

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