It appears that Donnie is getting a little scared about having to debate Hillary Clinton in a few short weeks on actual, real, serious policy issues. His school yard taunts of "crooked Hillary" won't work on a stage like they do on twitter. He can't get around answering direct questions by deflection about her personality like he did when it was a stage of 16 candidates. The focus will be on him and her alone. And that terrifies him.
Nothing will make him look weaker than being bested by a woman who actually knows her stuff. And Hillary is an excellent debater. You can look back at the 2008 debates and she held her own quite well against the best the Democratic party had to offer. She is calm, poised, knowledgeable and most of all, she will get under Trump's skin.
He sees the writing on the wall, as shown by his epic twitter meltdowns over the course of the DNC. He was tweeting twice as much with more spelling and grammar errors than ever before. His tweets also seemed to take on an almost manic tone to them, disjointed, angry, petulant. If he chooses to act like this on stage, all Hillary has to do is let him spiral, smile, stay calm and say to the audience "does this look Presidential to you?" and he will be done. Six simple words.
Trump tweeted this tweet last night, leading many to believe he is setting the stage for a quick exit from at least 2 of the 3 debates.
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
I predict his argument will be something along the lines of "I won't dare take money/viewership from the NFL because I am a Patriotic American, something Hillary is not! She hates America! She hates football! She is not a Patriot! SAD"
To bolster his argument that this was a bad idea, he told George Stephanopoulos on This Week the following:
“Well, 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. Why are the debates against--" 'cause the NFL doesn't wanna go against the debates.”
Except, that is a lie.
Red State is reporting that the NFL has publicly come out stating that they never sent Trump a letter. That was quick. A spokesperson said "While we'd obviously wish the debate commission could find another night, we did not send a letter to Trump."
What will his next excuse be? He is clearly rattled. And I couldn't be happier.