In his first televised sit-down interview, President-elect Donald Trump appeared on CBS’s ’60 Minutes’ on Sunday night.
He said that he had not heard of any increase in racial slurs and threats against minorities since his election. “I am very surprised to hear that — I hate to hear that, I mean I hate to hear that,” said the real estate mogul. “But I think it’s a very small amount.”
And as Stahl brought up that fearful critics have demonstrated against Trump’s rhetoric since Election Night, Trump replied that they don’t really know or understand the real him. But as Trump went on the offensive by alleging that at least some of the people in question were paid, professional protesters, Stahl spoke up:
“When they demonstrate against you and there signs out there, I mean, don’t you say to yourself, I guess you don’t, you know, ‘do I have to worry about this? Do I have to go out and assuage them? Do I have to tell them not to be afraid? They’re afraid.”
Lesley Stahl pressed the President-elect and asked whether he had a message for those people reacting violently to the election results. “I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible, because I’m going to bring this country together.”
When Stahl then pushed back about harassment of Latinos and Muslims, Trump said, “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!’