Is Donald Trump lying about having received a letter from the NFL complaining about the schedule for the presidential debates?
The issue first came up last night in a Trump tweet, in which the republican nominee attributed blame for the schedule —which is made well in advance by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates — to Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.
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
Then, Trump gave an interview to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, in which he claimed that the NFL was up in arms about the debate schedule.
I got a letter from the NFL saying, ‘This is ridiculous. Why are the debates against—’ ‘Cause the NFL doesn’t wanna go against the debates. ‘Cause the debates are gonna be pretty massive, from what I understand, Okay? And I don’t think we should be against the NFL.
But the league is denying Trump’s account. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told CNN’s Brian Stelter that the league never sent the candidate any such letter.
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
The first debate, scheduled for Monday Sept. 26, is slated to take place opposite the Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints game. The third, ticketed for Sunday Oct. 9, will be up against the New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers match-up.
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