Politics

Donald Trump doesn’t want debate moderators

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, in Pensacola, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Donald Trump.

Donald Trump wants to debate Hillary Clinton without a moderator because the debate system is ‘‘being rigged.’’

Trump said Monday on CNBC that he fears he won’t be treated fairly. The first of three debates is scheduled for Sept. 26.

He said NBC’s Matt Lauer was wrongly criticized for going easy on Trump during a televised forum on national security last week. He said that debate moderator is going to ‘‘try to be really hard on Trump just to show, you know, the establishment what he can do.’’

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Trump said that instead of having a moderator, ‘‘let Hillary and I sit there and just debate, because I think the system is being rigged.’’