In his first televised interview since becoming president-elect, Donald J. Trump told his supporters to “stop it” in response to reports of minorities around the country being harassed since his election.
“I am so saddened to hear that,” Trump said on “60 Minutes.”
“And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it — if it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: ‘Stop it.'”
Over the past week, minority Americans say they’ve been terrorized with racist slurs and slogans. Incidents include students chanting “white power” at a Pennsylvania high school and two Muslim women saying they were scared to wear their hijabs after being robbed and targeted because of their religion. At the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, Donald Trump’s name was written on the door to a prayer room for Muslims.
Trump’s call for supporters to stop the harassment comes just days after he tweeted that protests over his election was “unfair.”
During the recent interview, Trump said he’s seen “a very small amount” — emphasizing “one or two instances” — of racial slurs being directed at minorities since his election. He added: “I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible, because I’m going to bring this country together.”
In response to several anti-Trump protests since Election Day, 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.”