Donald Trump said Tuesday that Lester Holt will do a good job moderating next week’s presidential debate, one day after he chided the NBC anchor and falsely accused him of being a Democrat.  

{mosads}At a Tuesday campaign event, the GOP nominee accused Democrats of trying to manipulate the system with criticism of Holt’s colleague, Matt Lauer, for not fact-checking Trump in real time during a recent presidential forum.
 
“In trying to hit Matt, they are trying to game the system, game the ref,” Trump said Tuesday during a rally in North Carolina. “But I think Lester Holt will be very fair, but a lot of people will be watching to see if that’s true.” 
 
On Monday night, Trump told Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly that he has “respect for Lester,” but accused him of being a Democrat. 
  
A Time magazine report found that Holt has been a registered Republican in New York since 2003. 
 
Trump has also taken issue with CNN’s Anderson Cooper as a debate moderator, saying he is “very biased.”
  
Trump repeatedly railed on the “media industrial complex” during his Tuesday afternoon rally, casting the media as part of the establishment cabal backing Hillary Clinton. 
 
“We are trying to disrupt the collusion between the wealthy donors, the large corporations, and the media executives, all of whom want to keep things exactly as they are right now,” he said. 
 
“We know it’s a rigged system.”
 
The first presidential debate will take place on Monday.
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