President-elect Donald Trump said he has seen a couple of the hundreds of reports of hate crimes and harassment that surfaced since the election. His response?
"Stop it," he told CBS's Lesley Stahl during a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday. "I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it."
The question came up when Stahl brought up the reports of harassment. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate crimes, told USA TODAY it has recorded more than 200 complaints since the election. The SPLC said it has noticed a spike in complaints, especially anti-Black, anti-immigrant incidents and anti-Muslim incidents.
When asked about the reports, Trump said "I hate to hear that," but that he thought it was "a very small amount." He said he had seen one or two instances.
Stahl asked Trump if he had anything he wanted to say to the people behind these incidents.
"Don't do it," the president-elect said. "That's terrible because I'm going to bring this country together."