Trump says 'stop it' to supporters who are harassing minorities

Several incidents of hate speech and harassment has been reported in Minnesota, too.
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Graffiti written in the bathroom of Maple Grove Senior High School last Wednesday.

Graffiti written in the bathroom of Maple Grove Senior High School last Wednesday.

"Stop it."

That's President-elect Donald Trump's message to his supporters who are harassing minorities in the days after Election Day.

"I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, 'Stop it.' If it – if it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it," Trump told CBS' Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes Friday afternoon (the episode aired Sunday night, watch it below).

Trump said he had only heard of one or two incidents of harassment since Election Day, noting it's a "very small amount."

However, activists say it's actually a lot more. Richard Cohen, the president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, said Monday that there have been more than 300 incidents recorded so far (you can report those incidents online here), adding that Trump "needs to take a little bit more responsibility for what's happening," according to CNN.

And leaders at the Council for American-Islamic Relations told USA Today they've seen "marked increase" in the number of reports of hate speech and harassment since the election.

More incidents reported in Minnesota

Several incidents of harassment have been reported in Minnesota.

These include: racist and anti-immigrant graffiti that references Trump scrawled in the bathroom at Maple Grove Senior High School; a racist slur written on the sidewalk at the University of St. Thomas; a racist message left on a dorm whiteboard at Minnesota State University Moorhead, according to Forum News Service; and a man who City Pages reports told a Muslim woman to "Go back to your own country" now that Trump is president.

Meanwhile there have been at least two incidents of “F— Trump” being spray painted on garages in Minneapolis in the past week.

The president-elect's message to stop harassing minorities comes as the country remains quite divided nearly a week after the election. Anti-Trump demonstrations have been held in Minnesota and cities across the country, minorities have said they're scared, while others are afraid their rights will be taken away.

"I think it's horrible if that's happening. I think it's built up by the press because, frankly, they'll take every single little incident that they can find in this country, which could've been there before," Trump told Stahl. "If I weren't even around doing this, and they'll make into an event because that's the way the press is."

USA Today advises that anyone who witnesses or is victimized by hate speech or harassment is advised to contact police, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or another organization that advocates against hate crimes.

For more from President-elect Trump and his family's interview with 60 Minutes, which touched on several topics and policies from his campaign, click here.

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