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Mom Kerry Washington, Others Pledge to #StopHateDumpTrump

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Millions of Americans have been waiting for Donald Trump to just go away. The bombastic Republican presidential primary candidate's jaw-droppingly racist, sexist and divisive statements about, among other things, immigrants, Latinos, Muslims, women and Syria have been a persistent carnival act in the early 2016 election season.

Folks are over it and they want the media to stop feeding the beast.

A group of celebrities and artists, including celeb mama Kerry Washington, put together a petition with the hashtag #StopHateDumpTrump. They're calling on the media to end the free pass they say the media has given Trump in sending hateful messages without questioning or analysis.

The pledge calls Trump a threat to democracy, freedom, human rights, equality and the welfare of the U.S.

"We have seen him evidencing dangerous tendencies that threaten the bedrock of democracy: unleashing a lynch mob mentality against protestors, calling for the expulsion of Muslims from the country, bullying and fear-mongering. History has shown us what happens when people refuse to stand against hate-filled leaders."

Signing the online petition is a pledge to speak out against the politics of hate and exclusion that the group say Trump represents.

Among the celebs and artists who signed the initial petition are Eve Ensler, Kimberle Crenshaw, Jodie Evans, Laura Flanders, Harry Belafonte, Cornel West, Angela Davis, Danny Glover, Anthony Arnove, Michael Moore, Alicia Garza, Jane Fonda, Cindy Sherman, Rick Moody, Lily Tomlin, Noam Chomsky, Reza Aslan, Vijay Prashad, Kerry Washington, Saru Jayaraman, Connie Britton, Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, Amanda Palmer, Michael Cunnigham, Rebecca Solnit, Cynthia Nixon, Terry Tempest Williams, Ai Jen Poo, Randi Weingarten, Jonathan Demme, Thandie Newton, James Schamus, Lydia Davis, Kathy Najimy, Dylan McDermott, Louise Erdrich, Anne Lamott, Terry O'Neil, Ani di Franco, Chris Hedges, Rosie O'Donnell, Jim Hightower, Judith leBlanc, Tom Hayden, Elizabeth Lesser, Dale Peck, Kathleen Chalfant, Rosanna Arquette, Fekkak Mamdouh, Marie Howe, Michael Klein, Carla Goldstein, Robin D.G. Kelly, Barbara Ehrenreich, Russell Banks, Macy Gray and others.

At publication, the pledge already has more than 15,000 signatures.

In a statement of purpose, the say the petition holds the media and political institutions accountable for normalizing the kind of extreme statements Trump has made in an effort to gain attention and entertain.

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