In a new interview with the Washington Post on Thursday, Donald Trump turned his sights on CNN and soon-to-be presidential moderator Anderson Cooper, who the Republican nominee said should be banned from moderating due to a perceived bias.
Trump, who previously revoked the press credentials from the Washington Post for “inaccurate coverage” and for being “phony and dishonest” in his view, told the leftist newspaper that he would participate in the upcoming debate co-moderated by Cooper, but that the CNN host shouldn’t be allowed to moderate because he works for the “Clinton News Network” and that he didn’t like the way he’d been acting the last couple of days.
“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 said. “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.”
Anderson Cooper is scheduled to moderate the second presidential debate on October 9, along with Martha Raddatz of ABC News. The first presidential debate will be on Monday, September 26, moderated by Lestor Holt, anchor of NBC Nightly News.
Of course, the nickname “Clinton News Network” is not a new one. CNN earned the nickname during the 1990’s during Bill Clinton’s scandal-plagued administration when the news network was the dominant force in cable news and was seen as a propaganda arm of the Clintons.
Honestly, when it comes to being biased, Trump should probably be more concerned with Martha Raddatz, who has had a very long history of bias against Republicans, not that Donald Trump is your traditional Republican by any stretch of the imagination.
Why the Republican Party accepts any liberal hacks to moderate any presidential debates has always been one of the greatest mysteries in politics. They’ve learned nothing from the Candy Crowley fiasco of 2012, apparently.