Based on his latest tweet, Donald Trump seems to already be trying to get out of a debate with Hillary Clinton.
Trump has been known to complain about debates and, in the case of ones being moderated by Megyn Kelly, skip them completely. Last night, seemingly after seeing the debate schedule, Trump sent out this tweet, complaining that the “Dems are trying to rig the debates.”
As usual, Hillary & the Dems are trying to rig the debates so 2 are up against major NFL games. Same as last time w/ Bernie. Unacceptable!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2016
Mediaite pointed out that much of Trump’s tweet is inaccurate. First, Hillary Clinton and “the Dems” do not schedule the debates. Instead, presidential debates are scheduled and arranged by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is co-chaired by a bipartisan team. It is currently headed by Michael D. McCurry, Democrat and former White House press secretary, and Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., former head of the Republican National Committee.
It is also interesting that Trump is just now getting upset about the debate schedule, which was set last fall. Perhaps he never thought he’d make it this far and didn’t give it much thought when it was first released?
Trump is correct that two of the presidential debates occur at the same time as “major NFL games.” The first debate, scheduled for Monday, Sept. 26, is the same evening as the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints. The second debate, which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 9, will have to compete with a game between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers.
However, one has to wonder if Trump is more concerned about having to compete with major NFL games for ratings, or if he is just trying to get out of having to debate Hillary Clinton.
After Trump tweeted his complaints about the debate schedule, he was met with much criticism from people who are highly aware of his tendency to try to get out of any situation where he might be questioned — or even criticized — by a strong woman.
Setting up your excuses for ditching the debates? Good move. Plant the seeds now then you'll look a bit less afraid later.
— Chris Sacca (@sacca) July 30, 2016
Are you actually going to the debates or is this the start of weaseling out of them?
— gramma61 (@gramma61) July 30, 2016
One Twitter follower even coined a new nickname for Trump.
Even avid Trump-hater Mark Cuban joined in on criticizing Trump for what appears to be the beginning of his attempts to avoid having to debate Hillary.
Debate schedule was set a year ago by bipartisan. Cuban is right. You're afraid to face Hillary. pic.twitter.com/8boedZSvxY
— Diane Toucan (@DianeToucan) July 30, 2016
Trump has not yet responded to the criticism he has received for his recent tweet. Knowing what we know about Trump, though, it is likely he will be back to defend his position soon.
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