Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reportedly said, following the first presidential debate on Monday, that he will not take part in the subsequent debates is his rival, Hillary Clinton, is there.
In a satirical piece written by Andy Borowitz, published in the New Yorker, the business mogul said the debate was “specifically designed” to prevent him from addressing his message to the American public.
“Every time I said something, she would say something back,” Trump said. “It was rigged.” He further went on to say that, unless he got assurances in writing that future debates will be “un-rigged, Hillary-wise,” he will not be participating.
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“I have said time and time again that I would only do these debates if I am treated fairly,” he added. “The only way I can be guaranteed of being treated fairly is if Hillary Clinton is not there.”
Meanwhile, former New York mayor and Trump advisor Rudy Giuliani said the Republican presidential nominee should miss the subsequent debates unless he gets special guarantees from the moderators.
“If I were Donald Trump I wouldn’t participate in another debate unless I was promised that the journalist would act like a journalist and not an incorrect, ignorant fact checker,” Giuliani said, referring to Lester Holt, who moderated Monday’s debate.
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“The moderator would have to promise that there would be a moderator and not a fact checker and in two particular cases an enormously ignorant, completely misinformed fact checker,” Giuliani said.
“If you wonder why Donald Trump thinks that the press is a left-wing basically oriented group, Lester Holt proved it tonight,” he added.
The instances of misinformed fact checking that Giuliani cited were “on the constitutionality of stop-and-frisk and [Trump’s] claimed opposition to the Iraq War,” Politico noted. The media outlet stated that a 2013 ruling found that New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy violated the Constitution. The policy was terminated following Mayor Bill de Blasio taking office.