- The Washington Times - Friday, July 17, 2015

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons on Thursday compared New York City’s horse-drawn carriages to ethnic cleansing.

“It’s a holocaust,” the Def Jam co-founder said at an animal welfare event sponsored by New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“There were people for slavery, remember? Slavery was fine,” Mr. Simmons, 57, said. “There were people who put people in ovens. There are all kinds of ethnic cleansing, people for it.”

Mr. Simmons said Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio should make good on his promise to ban horse-drawn carriages, The Journal reported.

“The horses matter,” he said. “The promises you made matter. You got in office because we put you there. We put you in and we can take you out.”

Mr. de Blasio said Thursday that he’s “not worried about” Mr. Simmons’ threat and feels “very clear about the mission” to enact a ban.

“I’m going to continue to do that work,” he said.

A mayoral spokeswoman said they “respectfully disagree” with Mr. Simmons’ graphic comparisons, The Journal reported.

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