“I am so saddened to hear that,” Trump told CBS’ Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes” when she said Latinos and Muslims are facing harassment. “And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it — if it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: ‘Stop it.'”
Trump directed his comments to his own supporters whom Stahl said have written racist slogans or chanted degrading messages – particularly in schools. It was a powerful appeal to a nation ripped apart by the divisive 2016 campaign. Trump’s election has left Democrats angry and many minorities fearful about the future.
Yet Trump also criticized the protests that have broken out in cities across the United States since his defeat of Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.[caption id="attachment_32879" align="aligncenter" width="800"] President-elect Donald Trump and his family speak with 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl. TWITTER[/caption]
Trump said he’s seen “a very small amount” — including “one or two instances” — of racial slurs being directed at minorities, particularly in largely white schools, since his election. “I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible, because I’m going to bring this country together,” Trump said.
As for anti-Trump protests, Trump said, “I think it’s horrible if that’s happening. I think it’s built up by the press because, frankly, they’ll take every single little incident that they can find in this country, which could’ve been there before. If I weren’t even around doing this, and they’ll make into an event because that’s the way the press is.”
"Don't be afraid," President-elect Donald Trump says to protesters who say they're scared of a Trump presidency https://t.co/PGBVkXgUl6 pic.twitter.com/L2SBNCsg4j — 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) November 14, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump tells his supporters to stop harassing minorities https://t.co/V9fRRWbT0S pic.twitter.com/wxKVzVu2Ul — CNN (@CNN) November 14, 2016
Montgomery Blair High School students in Maryland have staged a walk out and are protesting president-elect Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/j5shSc0WQi — DC Maryland Virginia (@DMVFollowers) November 14, 2016
Students at Towson University, Mayland, have just walked out in protest of President-elect Donald Trumppic.twitter.com/PvxNCzcJQj — Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 14, 2016