On Sunday during an interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes, president-elect Donald Trump sat with his family to discuss the election, his future presidency, and the controversy surrounding both.
Trump was questioned about the increasing number of reports of hate crimes involving his supporters. However, the president-elect and his family brushed off those concerns, insisting that those incidents comprised of a “very small amount” of his fans.
“I am very surprised to hear that—I hate to hear that, I mean I hate to hear that,” Trump told CBS News’ Lesley Stahl in a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday. “But I think it’s a very small amount.”
Donald Trump Jr. also chimed in, inferring that some of the reports were fabricated while insisting that there were only a few isolated incidents involving his dad’s supporters.
Meanwhile, local media sources and civil rights groups, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, have identified dozens of incidents involving anti-black online attacks, Muslim women being physically assaulted for wearing hijab, and immigrants being harassed following Election Day.
The host asked Trump if he had a message for those of his supporters engaged in these nefarious activities.
“I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible, because I’m going to bring this country together,” he replied.
When pressed for a more definitive statement, for the many Americans who are feeling afraid and under threat in the wake of the election, Trump replied:
“I am so saddened to hear that. 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’s tone was the same tone a lazy unconcerned parent would use after being told his kid was bullying other children in pre-school.
Like many of his surrogates, Trump dismissed questions regarding the tens of thousands of people protesting against him across the country.
There are people, Americans, who are scared and some of them are demonstrating right now, demonstrating against you, against your rhetoric,” Stahl told him.
“That’s only because they don’t know me,” Trump said. “I just don’t think they know me.”
He also insisted, as he did in a tweet over the weekend, that “some of them” are “professional” protesters paid by large Democratic donors.
“I would tell them don’t be afraid, absolutely,” he told Stahl. “Don’t be afraid. We are going to bring our country back. But certainly, don’t be afraid.”
The problem isn’t that these people “don’t know him,” it’s that they know exactly what he is and wants to do to them.
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