Donald Trump Asks His Supporters Not to Attack Minorities: 'Stop It'
In his first interview since winning the presidency last week, Donald Trump has demanded that his supporters stop attacking minorities.
Speaking to 60 Minutes in an interview that aired Sunday night, the president-elect responded to reports across the country of attacks against African Americans, Muslims, Latinos and homosexuals.
"I am so saddened to hear that," Trump told CBS News' Lesley Stahl. "And I say, 'stop it.' If it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the camera: 'Stop it.'"
Among alleged incidents reported by The Associated Press last week, a student at the University of New Mexico said a man wearing a Trump shirt tried to pull off her hijab, while in Michigan, middle school students were filmed chanting "build a wall" in the cafeteria.
Trump said he'd only heard "a very small amount" about the alleged attacks, and accused the media of making them sound worse.
"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 it into an event, because that’s the way the press is," he said.
In the interview, Trump doubled down on his demand for a wall between Mexico and the U.S., but said some of it would likely be made from fencing. He also said he did not regret the negative tone of his campaign.
"I can’t regret [it]," he said. "No, I wish it were softer, I wish it were nicer, I wish maybe even it was more on policy, or whatever you want to say. But it really is something that I’m very proud of. I mean, it was a tremendous campaign."