Rudy Giuliani Says Trump Shouldn’t Participate in Next Debates

September 27, 2016 Updated: September 27, 2016

Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, said following Monday night’s presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, he would recommend that Trump stay away from the second and third debates.

After the debate, Giuliani told reporters that Trump needs to ensure he gets special guarantees from moderators, adding that NBC News anchor, Lester Holt, should be “ashamed of himself.”

“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, according to Politico. “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.”

The former mayor, who is also a Trump adviser, said that if people are wondering “why Donald Trump thinks that the press is a left-wing basically oriented group, Lester Holt proved it tonight.”

Trump said Holt was “fine” immediately after the debate, which may have drawn as many as 100 million viewers across different platforms.

Giuliani, in particular, took issue with Holt’s phrasing around Trump’s proposed “stop-and-frisk” mandate. Holt claimed the policy was “ruled unconstitutional in New York.” 

“No, you’re wrong. It went before a judge who was a very-against-police judge,” Trump told Holt. “It was taken away from her and our mayor, our new mayor, refused to go forward with the case. They would have won an appeal.” 

“Stop-and-frisk is completely constitutional and the American people have been given the false impression that it isn’t,” Giuliani added.

The stop-question-and-frisk program, known as stop-and-frisk, is a practice carried out by the New York City Police Department allowing officers to stop a pedestrian, question them, and then frisk them for weapons or other contraband.

“Stop-and-frisk is being done tonight all over America,” Giuliani said, according to the Daily Caller.

“It is perfectly constitutional. It is still good law. It is still constitutional law. And Lester Holt should be ashamed of himself for interfering. He doesn’t know the law. I know she [Clinton] doesn’t know the law because she failed the bar exam, but he should stop pretending he’s a lawyer,” he continued.

As NBC News reported, Trump said he was committed in partaking in the second debate, scheduled for Oct. 9.