- Bob D'Angelo Cox Media Group National Content Desk
President-elect Donald Trump has a message for his supporters who are harassing minorities: Knock it off.
During an interview on "60 Minutes" on Sunday night — his first sit-down interview since his victory against Hillary Clinton on Tuesday — Trump told CBS’ Lesley Stahl that he was “saddened” to hear that Latinos and Muslims are facing harassment.
“I am so saddened to hear that,” Trump said. “And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it — if it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: ‘Stop it.’”
Stahl told Trump that his supporters had been writing racist slogans or sending degrading messages, particularly in schools. But the Republican also criticized the rash of protests that have broken out since he defeated his Democratic opponent, blaming the media and “professional protesters.”
Trump told Stahl he has seen “a very small amount” of racial slurs being directed at minorities since his election.
“I would say don't do it, that's terrible, because I'm going to bring this country together,” he said.
During his interview with Stahl, Trump sidestepped talking about the fate of FBI Director James Comey and whether he would honor his campaign pledge and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton over the private email server she used while serving as secretary of state. He said he was more interested in focusing on topics like health care and immigration. He also touched on topics like same-sex marriage (“It’s irrelevant because it was already settled. It’s law”) and said he would appoint judges that oppose abortion and restrictions on gun ownership.