During a 60 Minutes interview last night, President-elect Donald Trump, and his son Donald Trump Jr., have attempted to put minds at ease about their race policies. The father and son duo addressed the concerns of Muslims and Black Americans on the CBS show.
Racially Charged Rhetoric
Many of the issues raised revolved around the rise in racist incidents, some of which have been undertaken in Trump’s name. Interviewer and journalist Lesley Stahl directed these concerns at the Trumps. She said:
“A lot of people are afraid. They’re really afraid. African-Americans think there’s a target on their back. Muslims are terrified.”
In response, the elder Trump told Stahl that if her statement was true, then the press is to blame. He went on to say:
“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.”
Trump Jr. stated that he believes the fears of Muslim and Black Americans were “unfounded.”
Trump Sr. then gave a message to those engaging in the growing trend of racist incidents:
“I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible, because I’m going to bring this country together, and I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it — if it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it.”
So there you have it, you racists. If you’re planning on shouting at another human being, who happens to be of a different race to your own, then stop it. If you’re planning on hurting another member of a racial group, stop it. If you’re a member of the Ku Klux Klan, stop it. If you’re a Nazi, definitely stop it.
Come on guys, just stop it. The President-elect is asking you really nicely. Stop it.
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