In his first televised interview since the election, Donald Trump finally addressed the countless acts of violence that have occurred across the nation since he was announced as the 45th president-elect - urging his supporters to "stop it."
As he explained to CBS' Lesley Stahl during the 60 Minutes interview on Sunday, Trump was "surprised" to hear his supporters were attacking minorities in his name. He added that he hadn't actually heard of more than "one or two instances" of hate crimes since the election, but that he thinks it's "terrible." Stahl then pushed back and said his supporters were "harassing Latinos, Muslims," and asked whether he had anything to say to them.
"I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible," he said, "because I’m gonna bring this country together."
"I am so saddened to hear that," he continued. "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 asking his supporters not to violently lash out against minorities comes after many urged him to make a statement condoning the violence. However, as others have pointed out, racism, xenophobia, and homophobia were key elements to Trump's campaign - and at this point, asking his supporters to "stop" might not be enough.
Later in the interview, the president-elect went on to criticize the anti-Trump protests which have erupted across the nation since the election.
"I think it's horrible if that's happening," he said. "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."
Earlier this week, Trump called the protests against him "very unfair," and accused the media of hiring "professional protestors" to spark them. Later, he backtracked slightly and praised the protestors for their "passion."
Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2016
Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2016
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