US: Donald Trump says he prefers debates without moderators

Donald Trump said that instead of having a moderator, "let Hillary and I sit there and just debate, because I think the system is being rigged.''

By: AP | Washington | Published:September 12, 2016 6:32 pm
donald trump, us elections, hillary clinton, presidential elections 2017, us news, world news Donald Trump earlier said that rival Hillary Clinton’s comment painting half of his supporters as a “basket of deplorables” is the “biggest mistake of the political season.” (File Photo)

Donald Trump wants to debate Hillary Clinton without a moderator because the debate system is “being rigged.”  Trump said Monday on CNBC that he fears he won’t be treated fairly. The first of three debates is scheduled for Septmber 26.

He said NBC’s Matt Lauer was wrongly criticized for going easy on Trump during a televised forum on national security last week. He said that debate moderator is going to “try to be really hard on Trump just to show, you know, the establishment what he can do.”

Trump said that instead of having a moderator, “let Hillary and I sit there and just debate, because I think the system is being rigged.”

Donald Trump earlier said that rival Hillary Clinton’s comment painting half of his supporters as a “basket of deplorables” is the “biggest mistake of the political season.”

Clinton was at a fundraiser on Friday when she said that she would put “half of Trump’s supporters” into “the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic – you name it.” She has since apologies for being “grossly generalistic.”

Trump said Monday in a phone interview on “Fox and Friends” that when he heard the comment, he “thought that it was not something that was within the realm of possible that she would have said it.”

The Republican presidential nominee said that being elected to the White House means: “You’re president of all the people.”