All through his campaign, Donald Trump stood by and even praised supporters who attacked, harassed, and insulted various minorities. Sure, he was willing to say that two men who attacked a Hispanic man with a pipe and urinated on him were “very passionate” about his policies, and he may be the unofficial official President-elect of the Ku Klux Klan — and he may have even hired on a white supremacist for a high-level campaign position, but he wants you to know that he’s just plain shocked that people are committing hate crimes in his name.
Since Trump was elected, there have been more than 200 hate crimes reported — and many of them can not be discussed without his name being directly involved. Whether it’s a vandal writing “TRUMP NATION WHITES ONLY” on a church sign, Swastikas popping up across the nation, Hispanic students being told that Trump will deport their parents, children chanting “build that wall” in a middle school cafeteria or any of the other fifty bazillion racist incidents that have come in the wake of Trump’s kinda-sorta election, Trump has somehow (so he says) remained oblivious to everything that has been done to glorify him.
In an interview on 60 Minutes, The Donald feigned ignorance of the various hate crimes committed by his supporters, claiming he is “surprised” that such awful things have happened. When he was forced to confront it, he didn’t apologize for inspiring such hate. But he did feel pressured into giving his supporters a ‘wink and a nod’-style tongue-lashing:
“And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it — if it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: ‘Stop it.'”
“Right for the cameras.” Honestly, this doesn’t help one bit when one considers that at the same time President-elect Pussygrabber snagged up avowed white nationalist (or “alt-Right” if we want to use the modern term) Steve Bannon to be his chief strategist.
Will Trump’s weak admonishment help convince his supporters to stop attacking people they hate? Probably not — because he said it “right to the cameras,” not to them.
Watch it below:
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