On Friday GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump took to Twitter to complain about the debate schedule between him and Democrat Hillary Clinton. The dates and times were set a year ago by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is composed of both Democrats and Republicans. But Trump blamed the fact that two of them were scheduled at the same time as NFL games on Hillary and the Democratic party. He even claimed the NFL sent him a letter to complain about the schedule — a claim the league has said is not true.
Speculation has begun that Trump is trying to find a way to get out of debating Hillary. On Sunday morning, Republican party chairman Reince Priebus indicated that if his candidate doesn’t want to debate, the party will back his decision.
Priebus appeared on Face the Nation, where he too complained about the debate schedule, saying,
We’re not going to agree with anything that our nominee doesn’t agree with… We’re not going to be having debates on Saturday and Sunday nights.
My personal view is that we need to maximize the audience, and that’s going to be either a Tuesday, Wednesday or a Thursday night.
Priebus must not be a football fan. Because if the issue is a conflict between the debates and NFL games, he should know that the NFL also plays on Thursday nights. (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! – ed.)
Apparently Priebus doesn’t have a clue about when the debates will take place, either. None are scheduled for Saturdays. The first is scheduled for Monday, September 26. The second will take place on Sunday October 9. The third and final one will occur on Wednesday October 19. The first two will take place at the same time as NFL games — games that Trump described as “major.”
The first debate will compete with a match between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. The second one happens at the same time as the game between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers. The second of those games may be of more interest to folks other than hardcore football fans, but can you really call any game that happens during the first month of the season “major?”
Priebus is either playing that he is as stupid as his candidate, or he has suffered a serious memory lapse. He has been RNC chairman since 2011, so he was in charge when Mitt Romney and President Obama debated in 2012. The final debate of three that year was held on Monday October 22 — at the same time as an NFL game. There were no complaints from either candidate or from Priebus. And CNN’s Brian Stelter says that even with the conflict for the third debate, all three ranked high in the tv ratings.
Football is almost a religion with many Americans, but nobody seemed to have a problem with the debate schedule when it was announced. Not Priebus, not Trump. Is Trump’s real problem that he is afraid everybody will be watching football instead of him? That seems to be what he’s suggesting. It looks more likely that he is trying to find a way out of debating someone who will reveal him as the complete and total fraud that he is.
Here are Reince Priebus’s comments on Face the Nation:
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