On Fox, Trump Says "People Are Watching" To See If Lester Holt "Succumbs To … Pressure" To Fact-Check During The Debate

On Fox, Trump Says "People Are Watching" To See If Lester Holt "Succumbs To … Pressure" To Fact-Check During The Debate

Trump Claims CNN's Candy Crowley "Turned Out To Be Wrong" When She Fact-Checked Mitt Romney In 2012 Debate

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From the September 22 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Mr. Trump, coming up on Monday night on all the channels will be the first presidential debate. I know in the media they have been talking about whether or not the moderator, in this case, Lester Holt, should he be a moderator and just ask questions or should he be a fact-checker where he asks a question and then if somebody says something that he thinks is wrong, then he's going to interrupt and try to correct the record. What would you like to see, a moderator or a fact-checker?

DONALD TRUMP: Well I think he has to be a moderator. I mean you're debating somebody and if she makes a mistake or if I make a mistake, we'll take each other on. But I certainly don't think you want Candy Crowley again. That was a --

DOOCY: Yeah she was wrong. 

TRUMP: Well and she turned out to be wrong. 

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Her facts were inaccurate.

TRUMP: I really don't think that you want that. That was a very pivotal moment in that debate and it really threw the debate off and it was unfair. So I don't think you want that. No, I think you have to have somebody that's just lets them argue it out. And I think there's a lot of pressure on Lester. I think Lester's a very good person, a very good man. I think that there's a lot of pressure on him because of Matt Lauer. When I had the town hall, I guess you call it a forum with Hillary --

DOOCY: Commander-in-Chief [Forum].

TRUMP: -- it was -- I did well. And I had tough questions. But the polls all had hers taking a drubbing in that one. Now, I will say, they went after Matt Lauer. I've never seen anything like it.

DOOCY: They sure did.

TRUMP: And I think my questions were harder than her questions, if you want to know the truth. And a lot of pressure's being put on Lester Holt, and it's Bobby Knight-type pressure with the refs, OK? Bobby Knight would go after the refs, and that's what they are doing with Lester Holt, which is I think very, very unfair. And a lot of people are watching to see whether or not he succumbs to that pressure.

Previously:

Trump Is On A Crusade To Influence The Presidential Debate Moderators

Donald Trump Doesn't Want CNN's Anderson Cooper As Debate Moderator Because He's "Unfair"

Donald Trump Says He Supports Chris Wallace's Promise Not To Fact Check Candidates As Debate Moderator

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