In his first televised sit-down interview since the election, President-elect Donald Trump finally addressed the recent uptick in violent hate crimes against Latinos and Muslims. In fact, he even urged his supporters to stop perpetuating bigotry and harassing minorities — because now that he has won on a racist platform, he just expects the hate he fomented to dissipate?
Appearing on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” the billionaire business mogul feigned surprise after hearing his fans (read: bullies) were attacking members of minority communities in his name.
“I would say ‘don’t do it, that’s terrible, because I’m going to bring this country together,'” Trump told host Lesley Stahl when she brought up the vile incidents. “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.’”
After over a year of inciting racial violence and spreading anti-Islam sentiments, it is safe to assume that Trump is a little too late with these pleas.
Is he hoping to undo all the damage he has done over past months? Is he hoping all the white supremacists who voted to “make America great again” are going to stop just because their chosen candidate looked into a camera and asked them to stop assaulting African Americas, Jews, Muslims and Hispanics?
Sadly, it does not work that way, and either Trump doesn’t realize that or just doesn’t care.
It also doesn’t help that the former reality TV star just appointed Steven Bannon, an anti-Semite white nationalist, as his chief strategist.
“I think it's horrible if that's happening,” the boisterous real-estate magnate added. “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.”
Staying true to his Trumpism, the president-elect also found a way to mention his Democratic opponent — who could have been the first female president of the United States — while talking about the protesters after Stahl said they were afraid.
“Don’t be afraid. We are going to bring our country back, but certainly, don’t be afraid,” Trump said. “If Hillary [Clinton] had won and if my people went out and protested, everybody would say, ‘Oh, that’s a terrible thing,’ and it would have been a much different attitude.”
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