President-elect Donald Trump sat down with Lesley Stahl for “60 Minutes” on Sunday night and told his supporters to stop harassing minorities.
“I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it, if it helps. I will say this, and I’ll say it right to the camera: Stop it,” Trump said.
Americans have taken to social media to detail racist and hateful encounters they say they experienced the day after Donald Trump won the presidential election, and a Twitter moment titled “Day 1 In Trump’s America” billed itself as a “collection of tweets about racist episodes [people of color] are facing now that Trump is our President Elect.”
The “60 Minutes” interview was taped on Friday, but violence against minorities has continued since Trump shocked the world and defeated Hillary Clinton on Election Day. Many Trump supporters are curious why CBS didn’t release the clip in advance, as the network did other portions of the interview. Some observers have noted that some violence may have been avoided had the President-elect’s message been released.
Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera was among the critics of CBS’ decision, tweeting, “#60Mins great @realDonaldTrump intv. Made news-But him telling militant supporters to cool it should’ve been a bulletin released immediately.”
“This interview was full of newsworthy material and we released a quote on the issue that affects millions of Americans and that was [Trump’s] statement on Obamacare,” a CBS Spokesperson told TheWrap.
The network sent out a transcript of the interview hours before it aired on television, but Trump’s call to “stop it” wasn’t covered by most media outlets.
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