Donald Trump, in an interview Thursday with the Washington Post, said he doesn’t think that Anderson Cooper should be a moderator of one of the upcoming presidential debates, calling him “very biased.”
But Trump said that he would still participate in the Oct. 9 debate, the second on the schedule, in which Cooper will be teamed with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz in a town hall format.
“I don’t think Anderson Cooper should be a moderator, because Anderson Cooper works for CNN and over the last couple of days, I’ve seen how Anderson Cooper behaves,” Trump told the Post. “He’ll be very biased, very biased. I don’t think he should be a moderator. I’ll participate, but I don’t think he should be a moderator. CNN is the Clinton News Network and Anderson Cooper, I don’t think he can be fair.”
The debate is the second on the schedule. The first, on Sept. 26, will be moderated by NBC News anchor Lester Holt. The final debate on Oct. 19 will be anchored by Chris Wallace.
David Brock, the founder of the pro-Hillary Clinton SuperPAC Correct the Record and the media watchdog Media Matters for America, urged the Commission on Presidential Debates to remove Wallace as the moderator. Brock said that Wallace had a conflict of interest because former Fox News chief Roger Ailes was advising the Trump campaign. But the commission refused to remove Wallace.
In the Post interview, Trump said that Ailes had no role in the campaign but said they do talk on occasion. “I love the benefit of his experience and knowledge,” Trump said.
Trump also denied that he was trying to create a right-wing news network should he lose the presidential race.