Here We Go Again: The Next Republican Debate Moderator Comes Out Against Trump

Here We Go Again: The Next Republican Debate Moderator Comes Out Against Trump

I’ve always considered Hugh Hewitt to be a good guy – witty, sharp and personable. But I don’t see how you can be a fair moderator of a debate when you have already made up your mind about the leading candidate and have voiced it on multiple media outlets. You can personally dislike someone and even have the opinion they are not a good fit for the nomination and probably won’t go all the way – but shouldn’t you go into a major presidential debate with an open mind and be willing to give that candidate a fair shake at answering questions and stating his position on the topics at hand? You don’t see this type of maneuvering from Jake Tapper, who I consider to be a professional and very fair journalist. My guy is Ted Cruz, but I am doing all I can to listen to the candidates and evaluate their stances. We saw this skewing of opinion with Megyn Kelly. I hope this isn’t a repeat.

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From Breitbart:

Hewitt, a nationally syndicated radio host through Salem Communications, will, along with CNN’s Jake Tapper, moderate the next GOP debate on Sept. 16 at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. Salem Communications is the same company that owns Red State—whose founder Erick Erickson, a Fox News contributor, chose not to invite Dr. Ben Carson to his gathering of GOP candidates and activists this past weekend in Atlanta and disinvited Trump.

This weekend on Meet The Press in an exchange with host Chuck Todd, Hewitt admitted he doesn’t think Trump can be president of the United States.

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“Hugh Hewitt, let me start with you,” Todd asked Hewitt. “Does Donald Trump have the temperament to be president?”

“No, no he doesn’t,” Hewitt replied. “A disappointing part of this debate is it was a 9-10 debate in a 9-11 world. We have the Iran deal coming up, the most consequential deal facing probably the next 30 to 40 years in the world. It got very little attention. The Russian cyber attack on the Pentagon got very little attention.”

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When Hewitt appeared on Morning Joe on MSNBC on Monday morning, he doubled down in his belief that Trump doesn’t have the “temperament” to be president of the United States. During that appearance, Hewitt did criticize the Fox News moderators for in his opinion being “out to embarrass Donald Trump” while not spending enough time talking about important issues.

Host Joe Scarborough later in the segment—before Hewitt doubled down on his anti-Trump comments—noted that “Hugh Hewitt, by the way, has not been positive about Donald Trump.”

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I was asked by Chuck Todd on Meet The Press yesterday whether Donald has the temperament to be president. I said no. What I should have said was he doesn’t have the ordinary temperament. Sometimes you have got to be angry. You remember Ronald Reagan in the Nashua Telegraph debate saying ‘I paid for this microphone, Mr. Green.’ But you can’t stay that way. Sometimes you have got to be quiet. Robert Kennedy and John F. Kennedy during the Cuban missile crisis, Reagan leaving Reykjavík—you remember that Joe—but other times you have got to be angry. I just think that Donald Trump needs to modulate it a little bit more so that he stays away from personality conflict and tries to bring it back perhaps with the humor. He was on my show last week on Monday. He was very funny. We talked about the nuclear triad. We talked about the wall and immigration, but the fact of the matter is Megyn Kelly is not a winner for him. That is not a good place for him to be right now.

These are hardly the only times where Hewitt has shown himself to be opposed to the candidacy of Donald Trump for president. While he was appearing on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program in late July, Hannity opened a segment with Hewitt by asking: “Hugh, as I know, you’ve been a bit of a critic of Donald Trump.”

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“I would think knowing you as much as I know you that you understand where this is coming from—that he is speaking his mind, he is politically incorrect, he’s bringing attention to issues in a way that Republicans have been far too weak and timid to deal with,” Hannity said to Hewitt. “I’m sure you get that aspect of it, right?”

“I do, and I was very critical of the comments about Sen. McCain but I will say this and I think it’s true about every one in the race on both sides of the aisle and of all the presidential candidates for the past many years, Donald Trump is the only one about whom it is likely a broadway musical will be made,” Hewitt replied, mocking Trump’s candidacy. “That is what he is. I have never said that before but it occurred to me on vacation—I’ve been on vacation for a couple of weeks. He’s vastly entertaining.”

A moment later, Hewitt predicted that Trump’s overwhelming support among Republicans “won’t last.”

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In addition to Hewitt’s criticisms of Trump, he has also predicted Republicans will fail in 2016—and that current Democratic frontrunner former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be the next president.

“She’s 67,” Hewitt said on Adam Carolla’s podcast back in June. “She’ll be 69 if she wins and I think she will – the presidency.”

And what is this crap with predicting that the Hildebeast already has the presidency sown up? Megyn Kelly, like Hugh Hewitt, predicted that the Republicans would lose and Hillary would walk away with it. How can they say that this early? And whose side are they on anyway? I agree with Larry Correia that Hillary probably won’t even be the nominee. Look at what happened last night… her server was seized, along with that thumb drive her attorney had. They found two Top Secret emails that she had been hiding. She may not go to jail (although it is something I fervently pray for), but she will be destroyed politically over this. I think Bernie Sanders will get the nod. With crowds like 28k in Portland and 27k in LA, it looks like the base really, really wants an old, white, perverted socialist as their new leader. I say let Trump win or lose on his plans and policies. He should get a chance just like all the others. One thing is for sure, we need a strong candidate to pull everyone together and beat the other side’s ass, or we are toast as a nation.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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