In an interview Monday on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Donald Trump predicted the upcoming presidential debates would be “very unfair,” and suggested doing away with moderators entirely. “Let Hillary and I sit there and just debate,” he said.
Trump pointed to criticism of NBC’s Matt Lauer for his role as moderator of the network’s Commander-in-Chief forum last week. “They’re saying about how Matt Lauer was nice … he wasn’t nice to me, he was tough on me,” Trump said. “Everyone saying he was soft on Trump. Well, now the new person is going to try and be really hard on Trump just to show the establishment what he can do. I think it’s really unfair.”
The first debate moderator is NBC’s Lester Holt, though Trump did not single out any of the moderators selected for the upcoming debates. “The system is being gamed,” Trump said “I’m going to be treated very unfairly by the debate moderators.”