President-elect Donald Trump said Sunday he was aware of reports that some of his supporters may be harassing Latinos, Muslims and members of other minority groups — a development he said must stop immediately.
In an extensive interview broadcast on CBS' "60 Minutes," Trump said that such behavior represented only "a very small amount" of his support but that any was unacceptable.
"Don't do it," the president-elect said. "That's terrible, because I'm going to bring this country together."
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To reinforce the point, Trump looked directly at the camera and demanded: "Stop it."
For Americans who have loudly expressed fear about his impending presidency, Trump was reassuring, saying: "I would tell them, 'Don't be afraid, absolutely. ... Don't be afraid. We are going to bring our country back. But certainly, don't be afraid.'"
Trump appeared intent on projecting a sober, presidential face throughout the long interview. He praised both President Barack Obama and his vanquished Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, calling Obama "terrific ... very smart and very nice" and calling Clinton "very strong and very smart."