Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee are not happy that two of the three presidential debates are scheduled during NFL games.
The real estate mogul took to Twitter to express his frustration.
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
The presidential debate schedule is chosen by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, a private group made up of both parties. The Commission released a statement regarding the schedule on Sunday, “The [CPD] started working more than 18 months ago to identify religious and federal holidays, baseball league playoff games, NFL games, and other events in order to select the best nights for the 2016 debates,” the group said. “It is impossible to avoid all sporting events, and there have been nights on which debates and games occurred in most election cycles. A debate has never been rescheduled as a result.”
Trump and his campaign are pushing for two of the three debates to be rescheduled, but according to the statement, it does not appear any schedule changes will be taking place. “CPD believes the dates for the 2016 debates will serve the American public well.”
The first presidential debate is scheduled for September 26, airing at the same time as Monday Night Football. The second debate takes place on October 9, coinciding with Sunday Night Football and the last debate is scheduled for October 19.