Donald Trump appears to have been caught in another lie, and this time it’s the NFL calling him out on it. Earlier today, he made headlines during his interview with George Stephanopoulos when he compared getting rich to a soldier sacrificing his life for his country. But that wasn’t the only dumb thing he was capable of in a single interview.
When asked about the debate schedule, Trump replied with “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.'” As a matter of fact, the debate schedule does clash with a couple of NFL games, and that can certainly upset someone whose entire campaign has been built around the idea of getting as much media attention as possible.
However, there’s a problem with Trump’s claim – the NFL denies it sent a letter. “While we’d obviously wish the debate commission could find another night,” a spokesperson from the NFL said, “we did not send a letter to Trump.”
We know where this is going – Trump can generate some big headlines by raising speculation over whether or not he’s going to appear in any of the debates. Journalists are already latching on to that story, and it will buzz louder and louder until the night of the first debate, September 29, which is slated to compete against Monday Night Football. If one assumes that Trump’s entire plan revolves around publicity, then you know he is trying to lure people away from football night and to the debate, where he will inevitably appear.
The problem is no one is going to remember this part of it – the part where he lied about the NFL sending him a letter. It was a useless lie. Why would you even do that?
The answer to that question is also sadly simple. The American public has a short attention span when it comes to political drama, and the media already tossing out “WILL TRUMP EVEN APPEAR AT THE DEBATES?!” just helps them forget about this part.