Donald Trump said on Sunday that marriage equality is already settled — except he's promised before to nominate justices to the Supreme Court who will overturn it.
Trump did not back off his previous promise to Fox News during the campaign trail that he would appoint justices interested in overriding Obergefell. Trump even released a list of potential court nominees, many of which oppose same-sex marriage. In October, during the second presidential debate, Trump said he was interested in appointing Supreme Court justices "in the mold" of Antonin Scalia, who was known for his anti-LGBT record.
Lesley Stahl of CBS asked president-elect Trump to elaborate on his views on same-sex marriage. “It–It’s irrelevant because it was already settled. It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done," said Trump, reported Politico.
But in his interview with Stahl, Trump said, “It’s done. It–you have–these cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been styled. And-I’m–I’m fine with that."
Trump also responded to the wave of protests that have taken over the country in response to his upsetting win.
“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 said. “If I weren't even around doing this, and they'll make into an event because that's the way the press is.”
Trump was also asked to respond to the hate crime attacks that have been committed by many of his supporters against Latinos and Muslims.
“I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, 'Stop it.' If it — if it helps,” Trump told 60 minutes. “I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it.”
Protests continued today for a sixth day in cities all across the country (see footage of a Los Angeles protest below). New York City erupted into protests Sunday after Trump announced that he was going to follow through with his plan to deport millions of immigrants.