During the 18 months leading up to Tuesday’s presidential election, we’ve seen Donald Trump insult his opponents, make derogatory remarks about Mexicans, Muslims, news anchor Megyn Kelly and a certain Venezuelan beauty pageant winner, and take heat for all manner of racist, sexist remarks — to say nothing of the infamous Billy Bush tape.
Since emerging as the surprise victor on election night, however, we’ve been seeing a new side of the bombastic billionaire: Trump the statesman, praising Hillary Clinton in his victory speech, urging the country to unite and describing President Barack Obama as “a very good man” after their meeting on Wednesday.
In his first on-camera interview since becoming president-elect, Trump sat down with “60 Minutes” and continued to display the statesman-like grace Americans are hoping will continue throughout his presidency, even praising opponent Hillary Clinton — whom he infamously called “a nasty woman” — for the way she handled conceding her election loss.
“It was a lovely call, and it was a tough call for her, I can imagine. Tougher for her than it would have been for me — and for me it would have very difficult,” says Trump in a preview of the interview, which airs Sunday.
“She couldn’t have been nicer. She just said, ‘Congratulations, Donald. Well done.’ And I said, ‘I want to thank you very much. You’re a strong competitor.’ She is very strong and very smart.”
During the call, Trump says he also spoke with her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, adding that he was “gracious” and “very nice.”