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Trump responds to the attacks by his supporters against minoritiesIn his first interview since the election, President-elect Donald Trump presented a more subdued tone quite different than what was seen during his fierce campaign. Trump addressed the protests against him and the violence against Hispanics and Muslims by his own supporters in his name.
Almost a week has passed since the win for Trump and the country is still boiling over. In his first interview since winning office, Trump spoke on CBS’s 60 Minutes broadcast last night about his long journey since starting his campaign, his expected policy on immigrants and his other promises made before the election.
Trump's interview took place while tumultuous protests against the election results are widespread throughout major US cities. The man due to be sworn in as the 45th president is sending a message of reconciliation and asks the protesters to give him a chance, claiming that they don’t know him. Trump rejects the protestors’ claims: “If Hillary had won and my people went out and protested, everybody would be saying it's a terrible thing and it would be a much different attitude. There is a double standard here.”
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Since he was elected, there has been a rise in attacks against minorities, primarily against Hispanics and Muslims, done in his name. When asked about said attacks, he seemed surprised yet spoke directly to his supporters and said: “Don’t do it. That’s terrible. I’m going to bring this country together. I am so saddened to hear that and I say stop it. If it helps, and I will say this, I’ll say it right to the camera. Stop.”
With that, he continued on to discuss his plans to arrest and deport between 2 to 3 million illegal immigrants who have a criminal background. Trump further discussed his pre-election promise to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico to stop immigrants from illegally entering the country.
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