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CNN Announces Democratic Debate Moderators

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CNN announced its moderators Monday for the next set of Democratic presidential debates set to take place July 30 and 31.

The moderators for those debates will be Dana Bash, Don Lemon, and Jake Tapper. (RELATED: CNN’s Don Lemon Compares Trump To Hitler)

The inclusion of Lemon is notable as it is the second straight Democratic debate that will feature a prominent left-wing television host as a moderator. Lemon has repeatedly made incendiary comments about President Donald Trump, comparing the president to Adolf Hitler and blaming him for homophobia that he claims has been directed his way.

The first debate took place last month on NBC and MSNBC, and it featured Rachel Maddow as one of the moderators. (RELATED: Maddow’s Ratings Continue To Plummet As Hannity’s, Carlson’s Rise)

The second debate will follow the same format as the first, and will feature the top 20 candidates, each split into two nights. Of 25 candidates still in the race, 14 candidates have already secured a spot in the next debate.

The first round of debates posted historic numbers. Last month’s debates drew the most viewers of any Democratic debate in history, but fell short of the first Republican presidential debate in 2015, which drew a record 24 million viewers on Fox News channel.