Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who used “abbreviated” language to suggest no “successful” terrorist attacks occurred stateside prior to President Obama, had lots of unabridged things to say about the first presidential debate. Mainly, he argued that NBC Nightly News anchor and debate moderator Lester Holt wasn’t fair with his questions for the Republican nominee. Hence why Giuliani thinks Trump should skip out on the two remaining debates until certain terms are met.
According to Politico, Giuliani’s harsh words came just moments after the debate concluded in the media spin room:
“If I were Donald Trump I wouldn’t participate in another debate unless I was promised that the journalist would act like a journalist and not an incorrect, ignorant fact checker,” Giuliani said. “The moderator would have to promise that there would be a moderator and not a fact checker and in two particular cases an enormously ignorant, completely misinformed fact checker.”
Giuliani immediately clarified his remarks, saying this wasn’t necessarily what he was “advising” Trump, but rather “what I would do.” Even so, the former Republican presidential candidate’s ire for Holt and the “press [being] a left-wing basically oriented group” wasn’t lost on his interviewers.
This was especially true regarding Trump and Holt’s exchange over stop-and-frisk policing policies in New York and elsewhere. Holt noted the practice had been deemed unconstitutional, while Trump disagreed entirely: “No, you’re wrong.”
“Stop and frisk is completely constitutional,” Giuliani reminded Politico, “and the American people have been given the false impression that it isn’t.” Unfortunately for Giuliani and Trump, as both Holt and Hillary Clinton pointed out during the debate, a New York court found the policy was not constitutional.