Donald Trump attacked CNN’s Anderson Cooper for being a biased moderator, but a new poll found that voters believe that Cooper will be the least biased of the four presidential debate moderators.
Video of Trump criticizing Cooper on Fox News’s The O’Reilly Factor:
When asked about CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Trump said, “I’m not okay with Anderson Cooper because I think he treats me very unfairly at CNN. I think he’s very unfair. He’s very unfair on CNN. I think CNN, they call it the Clinton News Network, that’s why the ratings aren’t doing very well.”
A Morning Consult poll asked voters how they feel about the debate moderators, and not surprisingly, they disagreed with Donald Trump. Of the four presidential debate moderators, CNN’s Cooper was thought to be the least biased followed by NBC News’s Lester Holt, Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace, and Martha Raddatz of ABC News. In the same poll, Cooper was also voted the moderator who would ask the toughest questions and host the best debate.
It is obvious that Trump is most worried about Cooper asking him a question that he doesn’t want to answer. It is also clear that Trump expects to be handled with kid gloves by Holt and Raddatz. Trump and O’Reilly claimed that all the moderators are Democrats, but Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace wasn’t mentioned. It is widely expected that Wallace is going to be the most gentle towards Trump.
The has never in the modern era of presidential debates a candidate who is so openly trying to manipulate the debate moderators to get better treatment. Instead of studying for the debates, Trump is trying to work the moderators. His behavior is proof that deep down inside, Donald Trump is terrified. He is unfit and ill prepared for the biggest debate stage in the world.
After the Matt Lauer fiasco, the pressure will be on the debate moderators to ask informed questions, so Trump may have good reason to scared. If the presidential debate moderators take their jobs seriously, Anderson Cooper will be the least of Trump’s problems.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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