Giuliani: If I Were Trump, I'd Blow Off Last 2 Debates
Unless the moderator would promise to moderate and not be 'an ignorant fact check'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2016 11:23 AM CDT
Rudy Giuliani wouldn't do the next two debates if he were Trump.   (AP Photo/Matt York)

(Newser) – Donald Trump thinks that he was the clear winner of Monday's debate and that moderator Lester Holt did a "great job" with "very fair" questions. But if Rudy Giuliani were Trump, he'd take a hard pass on the last two debates, per the Hill. Or at least not "unless I was promised the journalist would act like a journalist, and not an ignorant fact check," the former NYC mayor said after the debate, as shown in a Bloomberg video. (Starting around the 16:15 mark.) "My advice would be the moderator would have to promise they'd be a moderator." Giuliani especially took umbrage at Holt's "outrageous" input during a discussion on the controversial stop-and-frisk policy Giuliani put into place while he was New York's mayor (current Mayor Bill de Blasio has since nixed the program).

Holt said the practice had been ruled "unconstitutional" in New York, which hit a nerve with Giuliani. "If journalism has ethics, Lester Holt [was] unethically interfering in the area of law he knows nothing about," Giuliani said, adding, "It is not unconstitutional." (The Hill notes it was ruled unconstitutional by a circuit court judge but was never given the final word by a higher court. See LawNewz for a more in-depth explanation.) "If you wonder why Donald Trump thinks that the press is a left-wing basically oriented group, Lester Holt proved it tonight," Giuliani said, per Politico. (Giuliani's take on Black Lives Matter: It's "inherently racist.")