OK it’s really beginning to look like el Trumpo is trying to squirrel out of the debate with cankles Clinton because now he’s lying about some kind of phantom letter from the NFL about it.
Here’s the video from ABC News:
The problem is that according to media critic Brian Stelter, the NFL doesn’t know what he’s caterwauling about:
Top @NFL spokesman tells me: “While we’d obviously wish the debate commission could find another night, we did not send a letter to Trump.”
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 30, 2016
More from CNN Money:
The Commission on Presidential Debates has many critics too, but it was specifically formed to provide a nonpartisan structure for debates that doesn’t favor one candidate over another.
The parties are not involved in the debate scheduling, a point that Spicer made on CNN: The commission “announces the dates without consultation of the parties or the candidates.”
He acknowledged that the dates were set last September, before the primaries even began, but said that “doesn’t mean it’s a good system.”
“You look at the debates being on major NFL nights and you wonder why people are upset about that? This was a dumb idea and should be revisited,” Spicer said, throwing the RNC’s support behind Trump’s complaint.
When Trump tweeted on Friday night, New York Times political correspondent and CNN analyst Maggie Haberman responded, “Is this a prelude to not doing all three?”
So the only question now is whether Trump will find some other excuse to weasel out of the debates, or if he’ll just double down on a non-existent letter…