Donald Trump 60 Minutes interview airs, president-elect talks violence, Supreme Court
Donald Trump’s first interview as president-elect included his thoughts on marriage equality and abortion rights in America.
Speaking to 60 Minutes on Sunday night, Trump told Lesley Stahl he was “fine” with same sex marriage. “It — it’s irrelevant because it was already settled,” he said when asked if he supported same sex marriage. “It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done.”
Asked if that would change even if Trump appointed a conservative judge to the Supreme Court, the former reality television host said, “It’s done. It — you have — these cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And — I’m — I’m fine with that.”
But when it comes to Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case which gave women in the United States the right to have an abortion, Trump said he’ll look for pro-life judges for the court. “They’ll be pro-life, they’ll be — in terms of the whole gun situation, we know the Second Amendment and everybody’s talking about the Second Amendment and they’re trying to dice it up and change it, they’re going to be very pro-Second Amendment. But having to do with abortion — if it ever were overturned, it would go back to the States. So it would go back to the States.”
When questioned by Stahl whether that meant “some women won’t be able to get an abortion,” the president-elect said, “No, it’ll go back to the States. … they’ll perhaps have to go, they’ll have to go to another state. … Well, we’ll see what happens. It’s got a long way to go, just so you understand. That has a long, long way to go.”
During the wide-ranging interview, which also featured appearances from Trump’s family, the president-elect also commented on the multiple reports of violence perpetrated by Trump supporters against people of color.
“I am very surprised to hear that — I hate to hear that, I mean I hate to hear that,” Trump said of the reports of violence and harassment. Trump said he thought there were a “very small amount” of incidents, but did offer some words to his supporters in an effort to get them to stop. “I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible, because I’m going to bring this country together. … 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.”
Watch the full interview below.