Trump to supporters harassing minorities: ‘Stop it’

Updated 6:40 PM EST, Mon November 14, 2016
00:46 - Source: CNN
Trump to supporters harassing minorities: 'Stop it'

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In his first sit-down TV interview since his win, Trump expands on policy positions

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Washington CNN —  

Donald Trump on Sunday told his supporters to stop harassing minorities, in his first televised sit-down interview since becoming President-elect.

“I am so saddened to hear that,” Trump told CBS’ Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes” when she said Latinos and Muslims are facing harassment. “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 directed his comments to his own supporters whom Stahl said have written racist slogans or chanted degrading messages – particularly in schools. It was a powerful appeal to a nation ripped apart by the divisive 2016 campaign. Trump’s election has left Democrats angry and many minorities fearful about the future.

Yet Trump also criticized the protests that have broken out in cities across the United States since his defeat of Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.

Trump said he’s seen “a very small amount” – including “one or two instances” – of racial slurs being directed at minorities, particularly in largely white schools, since his election.

“I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible, because I’m going to bring this country together,” Trump said.

Richard Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Law Canter told CNN’s “New Day” on Monday that there have been more that 300 incidents that their organization has recorded.

“He needs to take a little bit more responsibility for what’s happening,” Cohen said.

As for anti-Trump protests, Trump said, “I think it’s horrible if that’s happening. 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.”

Here are seven topics Trump addressed the interview:

FBI review

In the wide-ranging interview Trump also said he’s still deciding whether to ask FBI Director James Comey for his resignation.

Trump demurred when asked about his plans for Comey – whose decision to end the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server was widely panned by Republicans.

“I think that I would rather not comment on that yet,” Trump said. “I haven’t made up my mind. I respect him a lot. I respect the FBI a lot. … There’s been a lot of leaking, there’s no question about that. But I would certainly like to talk to him.”

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He admitted he isn’t sure about Comey’s future. “I’d want to see, you know, he may have had very good reasons for doing what he did,” Trump said. Comey has more than six years to go in his ten-year term.

Trump also balked when asked whether he’d carry out his campaign pledge to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton.

He said Clinton “did some bad things” and that he’s “going to think about it” – but that he is more eager to focus on health care, immigration and other policy matters.