President-elect Donald Trump told anyone carrying out hate crimes to "stop it" in a "60 Minutes" interview that aired Sunday. The Southern Poverty Law Center said it has tracked more than 200 hate crimes since Trump was elected Wednesday, including swastikas spray-painted alongside messages like "Heil Trump," and Muslims, Latinos and African-Americans being threatened with violence.
Trump somewhat half-heartedly rebuked the attacks during the "60 Minutes" interview after attempting to deflect blame for the incidents.
"I am very surprised to hear that— I hate to hear that, I mean I hate to hear that," Trump told interviewer Lesley Stahl. He then said he only "saw one or two instances" of hate crimes carried out by his supporters. Asked if he wanted to tell these people anything, he said, "I would say don't do it, that’s terrible, 'cause I’m gonna bring this country together."
"I am so saddened to hear that," he added. "And I say, 'Stop it.' If it— if it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it."
But Trump has often been associated with violence toward minorities in the past. During the primary and general election campaigns, his rallies regularly turned violent, sometimes at his urging. Here are just five examples of instances where Trump seemed to encourage violence against blacks, Latinos and Muslims:
That time he called for a protester to leave his rally on a stretcher: "Oh, I love the old days, you know? You know what I hate? There's a guy, totally disruptive, throwing punches, we're not allowed to punch back anymore. I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They'd be carried out on a stretcher, folks," Trump said during a February rally. "Here's a guy, throwing punches, nasty as hell, screaming at everything else when we're talking, and he's walking out, and we're not allowed — you know, the guards are very gentle with him, he's walking out, like, big high fives, smiling, laughing — I'd like to punch him in the face, I'll tell you," he added. The man was not throwing punches, according to media reports.
That time Trump condoned the actions of a man who elbowed a protester in the face: Trump said he would pay for the suspect's legal expenses. "I've actually instructed my people to look into it, yes," Trump said.
That time Trump told supporters to attack people who may protest him and that he would pay their legal fees: "If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you?" Trump said in Iowa in February. "Seriously, OK? Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise. I promise. They won’t be so much, because the courts agree with us too — what’s going on in this country."
That time Trump applauded his supporters for attacking, kicking, shoving and reportedly calling a Black Lives Matter protester the "N-word": "Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing," Trump said on the TV the next day.
That time Trump said the violence at his rallies was "amazing to watch": As a protester was taken away at an event, he said, "Get him out. Try not to hurt him. If you do, I’ll defend you in court." "Are Trump rallies the most fun?" he said to the crowd. "We’re having a good time." He then recalled that his supporters at a previous rally responded to a protester and "took him out," and said "it was really amazing to watch."