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Trump to supporters harassing minorities: 'Stop it'

  • Published at 10:42 pm November 14th, 2016
  • Last updated at 12:43 am November 15th, 2016
Trump to supporters harassing minorities: 'Stop it'

“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 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.”

Ditching the Electoral College

Trump won more electoral votes than Clinton — but he didn’t win the popular vote. Still, he says, he favours ditching the Electoral College and handing the presidency to the winner of the popular vote. “I’m not going to change my mind just because I won. But I would rather see it where you went with simple votes. you know, you get 100 million votes and somebody else gets 90 million votes and you win. There’s a reason for doing this because it brings all the states into play,” Trump said.

On the Trump brand

Trump and his children both said they’re not sweating any negative impact on their family’s businesses resulting from a long and contentious campaign — or from backlash to the President-elect. “I don’t think it matters. This is so much more important, and more serious,” Ivanka Trump said. Her father added, “I think what Ivanka’s trying to say, ‘Who cares? Who cares?’ This is big league stuff. … We’re going to save our country. I don’t care about hotel occupancy. It’s peanuts compared to what we’re doing.” Trump isn’t putting his family’s business in a blind trust — leaving it to his children instead — but does plan to turn down the salary typically paid to presidents. “I’ve never commented on this, but the answer is no. I think I have to by law take $1, so I’ll take $1 a year. But it’s a — I don’t even know what it is,” Trump said, before turning to Stahl and asking, “Do you know what the salary is?” When Stahl told Trump it is $400,000 per year, he said, “No, I’m not going to take the salary. I’m not taking it.” Trump also signaled he has no real plans to change his tone — even though it’s seen by many as evidence of a man too combustible for the presidency. “Well, sometimes you need certain rhetoric to get people motivated,” Trump said. “I don’t want to be just a little nice monotone character, and in many cases I will be.”

Deporting undocumented immigrants

Trump did not repeat his campaign promise to deport all undocumented immigrants, pledging to focus first on deporting illegal immigrants who have committed crimes in the United States. "What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers," he said. "We have a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate." He said he still plans to build a US-Mexico border wall. "After the border is secured and after everything gets normalized, we're going to make a determination on the people that you're talking about who are terrific people," he said. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday that despite Trump's campaign rhetoric, lawmakers were not about to form a deportation force to round-up and deport undocumented immigrants. The focus was on securing the border instead, he told CNN.
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