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Trump's claims of 'rigged debates' based on NFL schedule draw fire

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Donald Trump tweeted Friday "Hillary & the Dems" were trying to "rig" presidential debates.

Trump doubled down on that statement in an ABC interview set to air Sunday, calling the schedule "ridiculous."

Part of his criticism: The NFL sent him a letter complaining, saying it "doesn't want to go against the debates, 'cause the debates are going to be pretty massive."

But NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Saturday that Trump is wrong.

About that letter McCarthy's referencing: A Trump aide said Saturday Trump "was made aware of the conflicting dates by a source close to the league." 

On Sept. 26, the debate will start at the same time as a Monday Night Football game between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. On Oct. 9, it will be at the same time as a primetime matchup between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers.

The Democratic Party was criticized for scheduling primary debates between Clinton and Bernie Sanders on Saturday nights and holiday weekends.

Is the debate schedule a sign of rigging?

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