0347 GMT March 25, 2019
Trump made the remarks in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday night, after two days of his heated debate with Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
Trump complained that he is not getting a fair coverage from US media outlets because the entire media, except for a very few journalists, are on the side of Clinton, who he said is “a phony person.”
“The press is an extension of Hillary Clinton. I mean its part of the rigged system,” the billionaire businessman said.
"The press is a total extension. If Hillary Clinton didn’t have the press right now, she wouldn’t be running, she would have lost immediately. If she didn’t have the press on her side, and it’s a total fixed job, if she didn’t have it, she’d be at 10 percent right now. Nobody wants her,” Trump added.
He said media people do not like him because what he stands for, and have launched a coordinated attack on him.
Trump said, “Before I ran I used to get great press. My wife said the other day, ‘You never used to get a bad story.’ Well, I got some but I got a very few. Now I can be on the front page of The New York Times in three different stories, and every one of them is a hit job. It’s a very unfair press.”
“I knew it would be bad but I didn’t know this bad. I used to talk ‘Oh boy, I’m going to get hit,’” he stated.
Speaking at rally in Pennsylvania on Monday, Trump also expressed concerns that the election could be stolen from him.
“Watch other communities because we don’t want this election stolen from us,” Trump said. “We do not want this election stolen from us.”
In an interview with Press TV, American scholar Dr. Kevin Barrett had warned that Trump could be taken out physically or attacked quite brutally in the media because the US establishment does not trust him, and consider him a loose cannon.
“Donald Trump is getting a little bits and pieces of truth, but the full truth probably is too politically explosive for Donald Trump to ever tell -- not that it would help him politically to tell it, because he would be immediately shut down and taken out -- whether physically, by being killed, which certainly could happen, or by being attacked quite brutally in the media,” Dr. Barrett predicted earlier this year.
Several Republican lawmakers, including Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, have warned Trump against making claims that the 2016 election will be rigged.
“I don’t think leading candidates for the presidency should undercut the process unless you have a really good reason,” said the South Carolina senator.
Senator McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, advised Trump to go "go out there and try to win the election."
"If Mr. Trump is up 10 or 15 points on Election Day and ends up losing, then maybe he can raise some questions," he said.