Sunday, November 13, 2016

Donald Trump Tells His Supporters To Stop Committing Racist And Bigoted Attacks... But Then Immediately Says It's Not That Bad And It's Not His Fault

On Sunday's edition of “60 Minutes,” Donald Trump was asked to repudiate his supporters who were engaging in racist and bigoted attacks in the days following Tuesday’s election. When confronted with the question Trump said of the violence that he was “So saddened to hear that,” and that the people committing the acts should “stop it.”...

And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the camera: ‘Stop it.’

But immediately following those comments Trump dismissed what he referred to as  “a very small amount.” of attacks saying that he wasn’t even aware of the incidents. Trump then accused the media of exaggeration the incidents adding that it wasn't his fault...

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.

There have been hundreds of reports of incidents of racism and bigotry over the last week following Trump’s election. The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Council on American Islamic Relations, two organizations that track hate crimes, have both reported an increase in such incidents and suggested that the level of hate crimes may have surpassed that of the period immediately following the Sept. 11 attacks.

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