Trump Tells Supporters To Stop Attacks On Minorities And Women

‘I think it’s horrible. Stop it.’

No one knows exactly what’s going on but we do know it isn’t good. In the days since Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States, there has been a flood of reports about women and minorities, particularly, Muslims, being harassed by individuals using the banner of Trump as their green light to commit hate crimes.

And while Donald Trump bears much of the blame for this new “normal” in America, he’s finally speaking out against it. During his first interview since winning the election, he told CBS’s “60 Minutes” that such incidents are “horrible” and offered a plain message to those behind them.

“I am very surprised to hear that and I hate to hear that,” he said. “I’d say don’t do it, I think it’s horrible. I am so sorry to hear it and I say stop it. And I say right to the camera, stop it.”

Some of those stories have been debunked and there have also been reports of Clinton supporters, or at least Trump opponents, committing equally horrible acts of violence against white individuals presumed to be Trump supporters.

Still, the Southern Poverty Law Center says the escalation in assaults and intimidations is real, arguing that it actually surpasses the number of reported calls they received in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Trump’s answer certainly won’t be enough for many of his critics, especially considering the last two years he spent directly, or indirectly, helping to bolster the sentiments that lead to violent acts. But it’s a start. And as the president-elect, he has an enormous power to influence the behavior of others. Unfortunately, he also was quick to deflect blame and tried to put that responsibility on the media.

“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 have been around even if I weren’t around doing this, and they’ll make it into an event,” he said.

So there you go. One step forward and two steps back. But even from the man behind the movement itself, the message is clear: if you’ve committed an act of hate or are even thinking about it, stop.

via Real Time with Bill Maher / YouTube and The Late Late Show with James Corden / YouTube

A controversial editorial on America's obesity epidemic and healthcare by comedian Bill Maher on his HBO show "Real Time" inspired a thoughtful, and funny, response by James Cordon. It also made for a great debate about healthcare that Americans are avoiding.

At the end of the September 6th episode of "Real Time, " Maher turned to the camera for his usual editorial and discussed how obesity is a huge part of the healthcare debate that no one is having.

"At Next Thursday's debate, one of the candidates has to say, 'The problem with our healthcare system is Americans eat shit and too much of it.' All the candidates will mention their health plans but no one will bring up the key factor: the citizens don't lift a finger to help," Maher said sternly.

Keep Reading Show less

There is no shortage of proposals from the, um, what's the word for it… huge, group of Democratic presidential candidates this year. But one may stand out from the pack as being not just bold but also necessary; during a CNN town hall about climate change Andrew Yang proposed a "green amendment" to the constitution.

Keep Reading Show less
Me Too Kit

The creator of the Me Too kit — an at home rape kit that has yet to hit the market — has come under fire as sexual assault advocates argue the kit is dangerous and misleading for women.

The kit is marketed as "the first ever at home kit for commercial use," according to the company's website. "Your experience. Your kit. Your story. Your life. Your choice. Every survivor has a story, every survivor has a voice." Customers will soon be able order one of the DIY kits in order to collect evidence "within the confines of the survivor's chosen place of safety" after an assault.

"With MeToo Kit, we are able to collect DNA samples and other tissues, which upon testing can provide the necessary time-sensitive evidence required in a court of law to identify a sexual predator's involvement with sexual assault," according to the website.

Keep Reading Show less

Villagers rejoice as they receive the first vaccines ever delivered via drone in the Congo

The area's topography makes transporting medicines a treacherous task.

Photo by Henry Sempangi Senyule

When we discuss barriers to healthcare in the developed world, affordability is commonly the biggest concern. But for some in the developing world, physical distance and topography can be the difference between life and death.

Widjifake, a hard-to-reach village in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with a population of 6,500, struggles with having consistent access to healthcare supplies due to the Congo River and its winding tributaries.

It can take up to three hours for vehicles carrying supplies to reach the village.

Keep Reading Show less
via Keith Boykin / Twitter

Fox News and President Trump seem like they may be headed for a breakup. "Fox is a lot different than it used to be," Trump told reporters in August after one of the network's polls found him trailing for Democrats in the 2020 election.

"There's something going on at Fox, I'll tell you right now. And I'm not happy with it," he continued.

Some Fox anchors have hit back at the president over his criticisms. "Well, first of all, Mr. President, we don't work for you," Neil Cavuto said on the air. "I don't work for you. My job is to cover you, not fawn over you or rip you, just report on you."

Keep Reading Show less