Donald Trump claims it's "very possible" the Democratic National Committee rigged the CNN debate

"CNN didn't hit them like they us" during the network's GOP debate, and it "didn't make them fight"


Scott Eric Kaufman
October 15, 2015 4:08PM (UTC)

On "The O'Reilly Factor" Wednesday night, GOP front-runner Donald Trump accused CNN of allowing the Democratic National Committee to dictate the terms of the debate, claiming that unlike the GOP debate hosted by the network, these questions were not framed in a manner intended to cause conflict between the candidates.

In his "Talking Points Memo," Bill O'Reilly noted that the DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz "strongly urged the debaters not to attack Clinton," and to focus on actual policy issues. Which, to Trump's mind, translated as "bad television."

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"That was a pretty boring debate," Trump said. "I felt that I had an obligation because I could be running against one of those folks."

He complained that "CNN did not hit them like they hit [the GOP contenders], and didn't make them fight. There was very little fight in them."

O'Reilly explained that that's because the DNC "ordered" the candidates not to, "because none of them are going to win, they all know they're not going to win, and they would like to have a role in the party going forward."

"Maybe the Democrats, headed by whoever might be heading it, maybe they said, 'This is the way we want it, and we insist on doing it this way,'" Trump replied. "It's very possible."

Watch the entire interview below via Fox News.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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