Donald Trump was not bothered by whether or not the moderators of the third GOP presidential debate treated the candidates fairly, because he has come to expect a fight from the media, he said.
"I didn't care," the Republican front runner told a campaign audience in Sparks, Nevada, according to Politico. "I've become immune to it. I've seen things that are so bad with the press."
The former reality star added that the press is full of reporters who are "so dishonest," "dopes" and "third rate people."
He mentioned a recent CBS News/New York Times poll in which Ben Carson had 4 points more support than he did nationally, suggesting that the media focused on it so heavily because they dislike him, since several other polls taken at similar times show Trump leading.
"It was the biggest story I’ve ever seen … it was bigger than Benghazi with Hillary," he declared. "They were so happy.”
He then addressed the news coverage of recent remarks he made in Iowa in which he lightheartedly asked the audience to help him get more support.
"I refuse to say get your asses in gear, I will not say it," Trump said at an Iowa rally on Oct. 27 . "Will you please do me a favor and work with my people and go out on February 1st and go out and give us a victory?"
The headlines suggested that he was begging residents to vote for him, he said.
"The last thing I am is a beggar," the businessman asserted.
During the debate, Trump sparred with the moderators, accompanied by several other candidates who expressed displeasure with the content and tone of the questions, the Daily Caller reports.
Near the beginning of the debate, CNBC's John Harwood asked Trump if he was running "a comic book version of a presidential campaign," according to the Daily Caller.
"No, not a comic book, and it's not a very nicely asked question the way you said that," Trump shot back.
Several other candidates sided with Trump.
Ted Cruz said that some of the debate questions "illustrate why the American people don't trust the media."
"This is not a cage match," Cruz added. "...How about talking about the substantive issues the people care about?”