Question: How can you tell when Donald Trump is lying? Answer: His lips are moving. It seems that these days he is getting caught in one lie after another. The latest? (That is, the latest as this is being written — there may be others by now.) He claims the NFL agrees with his complaint about the presidential debate schedule, and sent him a letter saying so.
Trump took to his favorite medium, Twitter, on Friday, to complain about the fact that two of the three scheduled debates will take place on Sunday or Monday night at the same time as football games.
In an interview taped on Friday that will be aired on ABC on Sunday morning, he added to the complaint and said the league had sent him a letter protesting the conflict. He said that he was fine with the planned three debates, but said,
I’ll tell you what I don’t like. It’s against two NFL games. I got a letter from the NFL saying, ‘This is ridiculous.’
It was an interesting claim to begin with. The debate schedule was set a year ago by the Commission On Presidential Debates, a group composed of both Democrats and Republicans. And CNN reports that the 2012 debates also went up against NFL games and were still highly rated. But Trump blamed the conflict on Hillary, and accused her and the Democratic Party of “rigging” the schedule.
The debate commission answered Trump on Saturday, saying that they “did not consult with any political parties or campaigns in making these decisions.”
On Saturday afternoon Associated Press reporter Mike Sisak tweeted Trump’s claim to the NFL, asking for them to weigh in. NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy tweeted the following response.
There is speculation that Trump is complaining about the debate schedule so that he will have an excuse to skip them. Despite all the bluster and noise, he has to know that he will not be able to get by on insults when he faces off against someone as experienced as Clinton.
Here are the NFL games that will take place at the same time as the debates. Trump described these as “major” contests in his tweet. On Monday, September 26, the Atlanta Falcons will be playing the New Orleans Saints. Both of those teams played their way to mediocre records in 2015. The second debate will conflict with the New York Giants’ visit to Wisconsin to play the Green Bay Packers. While that game may be of more interest to those who aren’t hardcore football fans than the Atlanta-New Orleans matchup, neither of those games is of major import that early in the NFL season. It’s also worth noting that at somewhere between 90 minutes and two hours, it is possible to watch the entire debate and still catch at least part of the football game, as NFL games typically take over three hours to play.
Once again Trump had a hissy fit, and to make it look like he was taking a reasonable position supported by others, he had to lie and claim the NFL agreed with him. And the NFL just called his bluff.
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