Donald Trump: CNBC Moderator John Harwood ‘a Sleaze’


On Monday’s inaugural Breitbart News Daily (6AM to 9AM ET), businessman and GOP frontrunner Donald Trump blasted left-wing CNBC debate moderator John Harwood for being a “sleaze” and still could not believe that Harwood tried to delegitimize his candidacy during CNBC’s October 28 presidential debate.

Trump told host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 that he sat down with Harwood for a CNBC interview weeks before the debate because he was one of the moderators, “but I still didn’t trust him.”

He took issue with Harwood’s line of questioning, which set the tone for the CNBC debate that caused so much backlash, prompted RNC Chair Reince Priebus to suspend ties with NBC, and compelled the GOP campaigns to cut the RNC out of the negotiating process for future debates.

“The fact is when he hit me like that I couldn’t believe it,” Trump said. “I couldn’t believe it. That was disgusting. It was a little bit of a set up because he was so nice two weeks before with the interview.”

During the debate, Harwood asked whether Trump’s campaign was “a comic book version of a presidential campaign.”

“Mr. Trump, you’ve done very well in this campaign so far by promising to build a wall and make another country pay for it. Send 11 million people out of the country. Cut taxes $10 trillion without increasing the deficit. And make Americans better off because your greatness would replace the stupidity and incompetence of others,” Harwood said. “Is this a comic book version of a presidential campaign?

Trump, who referred to Harwood at a campaign event last week as a “jerk,” “dope” and “fool,” said he does like debate moderators Becky Quick and Carl Quintanilla, but he reiterated that “Harwood is not a good guy.”

Trump stressed that the mainstream media is making a fortune off Republicans and half of the proceeds should go to the Republican National Committee. If Trump had his way, some of the advertising revenue, he said, would go to the Wounded Warriors and other groups that support veterans.