US POLITICS

Donald Trump Tells Racist Supporters To ‘Stop It’

In a sit-down with CBS' '60 Minutes' on Sunday, Trump urged his supporters to stop harassing and attacking minorities in his name

US POLITICS
Chris Albert for CBSNews/60Minutes
Nov 14, 2016 at 9:53 AM ET

After days of reports that his fans were attacking minorities, Donald Trump finally told his followers on Sunday night’s “60 Minutes” to “stop it.”

“I am so saddened to hear that,” the new president-elect told host Lesley Stahl, when she said that people of color and Muslims are being targeted. “And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it — if it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: ‘Stop it.'”

It was an important message that could calm down at least some of his newly emboldened supporters, who, according to various reports, are targeting Muslims, Jews, immigrants — basically everyone who isn’t a heterosexual Christian white man.

CBS, which airs ’60 Minutes,’ came under criticism for opting not to reveal Trump’s words sooner. Instead, the network promoted the interview with Trump’s comments on his plans for Obamacare (rather than repealing it outright as he had campaigned on, Trump now says he is open to keeping parts of it).

According to CNN’s Brian Stelter, this was because CBS thought Obamacare affected more Americans than hate crimes.

Trump claimed in the interview that he had no knowledge of any such incidents, then admitted that he had heard of “one or two instances.”

Later in the interview, Trump talked about his social media use and how it was a “great form of communication.” It’s also a form of communication he chose not to use to tell his supporters to “stop it” between his Friday interview and its Sunday night airing, so CBS alone does not shoulder all of the blame for holding that footage. Viewers seemed happy to assign blame to both.

 

Trump has yet to tweet anything about the possibility that his supporters might be committing hate crimes in his name, instead using his tweets after Stahl informed him that this was going on to instead list some people who congratulated him on his win and castigate the New York Times for its “very poor and highly inaccurate coverage” of his rise to power. Oh, and to promote his appearance on “60 Minutes.”