We are writing in response to your hate-filled email of August 2, 2016, and to the many anti-semitic, misogynistic, and homophobic statements you have made in the past. We demand that you retract and apologize for these statements, and that you refrain from any further comments that targets anyone based on their religion, race, gender, or sexual orientation. Such rhetoric has no place in our society, and certainly does not belong in a political campaign.
Your repeated references to “greedy Jewish landlords” in your most recent email play on a long-established anti-semitic trope, as does your past statement that Jews are “like thieves in the night.” Your reference to your opponent as the “only Jewish candidate in the race” and frequent depiction of him in religious garb amount to gratuitous targeting of him based on religion. Additionally, your past references to the holocaust are deeply offensive and inappropriate.
We also find your frequent misogynistic statements deeply troubling. You have made references to women as sexual objects who should be judged based on their physical appearances. You have also attacked women with whom you disagree in crude, sexual terms, and have even made threats of violence against them.
Likewise we are deeply troubled by your use of common racist epithets to refer to African Americans with whom you disagree and by your statement that you find homosexuality “nasty and disgusting”.
Such shocking rhetoric runs deeply contrary to the values of the vast majority of New Yorkers. We need leaders who will work to bring our diverse communities together to work towards our common goals, rather than pitting members of the community against each other. Your divisive efforts have no place in our political culture.
For these reasons, we are united in rejecting your hateful attempts to divide us along lines of religion, race, gender, and sexual orientation. We call on you to cease this deplorable behavior at once.
Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker, NYC City Council
Scott Stringer, NYC Comptroller
Letitia "Tish" James, NYC Public Advocate
Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
Jerry Nadler, US Congress Member, New York's 10th Congressional District
Adriano Espaillat, NYS Senator, 31st NYS Senate District
Brad Hoylman, NYS Senator, 27th NYS Senate District
Ritchie Torres, Co-Chair/Council Member, City Council Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus, District 15
Margaret Chin, Co-Vice Chair/Council Member, City Council Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus, District 1
Ydanis Rodriguez, Council Member, District 10
Inez Dickens, Council Member, District 9
Helen Rosenthal, Council Member, District 6
Shahabuddeen "Shah" Ally, Esq., Chairman, Manhattan Community Board 12
Eunic Ortiz, President, Stonewall Democrats of NYC
Michael McKee, Tenant Advocate
Dr. Debbie Almontaser, President Board of Directors, Muslim Community Network *(title is for identification purposes only)