Trump proposes presidential debates without moderators, to increase fairness

Trump proposes presidential debates without moderators, to increase fairness

What do you call a debate with no moderator? Donald Trump’s suggestion for his faceoff with Hillary Clinton.

Trump on Monday floated a new idea for his upcoming debates against Clinton, proposing a debate without a moderator to avoid a “very unfair” showdown because such a person would go “really hard” against him following Matt Lauer’s performance in NBC News’ commander in chief forum last week. …

Trump compared the NBC News forum and upcoming Sept. 26 debate to a basketball game coached by Bobby Knight, a Trump supporter and former Indiana University head coach.

“Bobby would do numbers on the referee and toward the end of the game, they would just sort of, you know, very sub—maybe subconsciously, they’d give him the calls and, you know, he was a master at it,” Trump said. …

“The fact is,” Trump continued, “that they’re gaming the system, and I think, maybe, we should have no moderator. …”

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