Donald Trump Doesn't Want CNN's Anderson Cooper As Debate Moderator Because He's "Unfair"
Trump: "I'm Not Okay With Anderson Cooper Because I Think He Treats Me Very Unfairly At CNN"
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From the September 19 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reily Factor:
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BILL O'REILLY (HOST): You have two kind of partisan people though. The next debate you have Martha Raddatz at ABC, who I worked with in Boston. Brilliant journalist, but she is a Democrat. And then Anderson Cooper, I think he does a decent job over there but he is a Democrat, OK? So, you have two Democrats, and you don't -- are you showing up for that, or what are you going to do?
DONALD TRUMP: And by the way, Lester is a Democrat.
O'REILLY: I didn't know that.
TRUMP: Look, it's a phony system. Lester is a Democrat. I mean, they are all Democrats. Okay? It's a very unfair system. I -- look, I've worked pretty well within the system. I guess by a lot of polls I'm leading many of the polls, and most of the polls -- CNN just came out with a poll I'm leading nationwide by two. I'm leading a lot of the states. I'm leading Florida where I am now by three or four. Something just came out. A poll just came out. I'm leading it by three points or four points. And, you know, I think I'm doing well. Leading Ohio, leading in North Carolina. I think we are doing very well.
O'REILLY: Alright, but after the debate things will change and you will see.
TRUMP: And the system's a guest --
O'REILLY: Raddatz and Cooper, you OK with them, or no?
TRUMP: No, not really. I'm not okay with Anderson Cooper because I think he treats me very unfairly at CNN. I think he is very unfair on CNN. I think CNN, they call it the Clinton News Network that's why the ratings aren't doing very well.
O'REILLY: Well, they have to compete with MSNBC, that's why they may be doing that. But you say you are not happy with it, but you will show up, you are not going to boycott it like you did the Fox thing.
TRUMP: No, I will show up. I will show up, they're gaming the ref, that's what they are doing.
O'REILLY: Right, and the last one is Chris Wallace. He is fair, right?
TRUMP: He is fair, he is tough. He is fair, and I don't mind as long as he is fair. And I have done a lot of work with Chris, and I have never had a problem with him.