After GOP nominee Donald Trump began complaining about the general election debate schedule that was set by the debate commission years ago, he then began generating false excuses as to why the schedule conflicted with him.
"I got a letter from the NFL saying, ‘this is ridiculous, why are the debates against — because the NFL doesn’t want to go against the debates," Trump told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos.
It's unclear if Trump is beginning to realize his foreign policy chops aren't up to snuff. After all, Trump made a substantial flub in the same interview, claiming Russia will stay out of Ukraine despite Russia already having a presence in Ukraine.
Twitter responded to the whole ordeal in the way that only Twitter can: With a brilliant hashtag mocking the candidate. Here is a selection of the best.
#TrumpDebateExcuses The moderators will ask questions with words I don't know about policies I've never heard of & she'll know the answers.— Pat Fuller MA BsEd. #EmbraceHope #WearAMask #BLM (@Pat Fuller MA BsEd. #EmbraceHope #WearAMask #BLM) 1470008444.0
A reference to the fact that Trump won't release his tax returns because he's being audited.
"I'm busy being audited." #TrumpDebateExcuses— Jonah Goldberg (@Jonah Goldberg) 1470010296.0
#TrumpDebateExcuses cuz date night with Putin https://t.co/hW5H13PvfP— Bimmerella🌞🇺🇸 (@Bimmerella🌞🇺🇸) 1470012634.0
#TrumpDebateExcuses My friend, Vlad Putin, was not able to hack and see the questions in advance https://t.co/MCp4fD0M2S— Cali Dreaming NaphiSoc (@Cali Dreaming NaphiSoc) 1470009071.0
#TrumpDebateExcuses "I have to find my African American." https://t.co/593eqqSiyI— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@Mrs. Betty Bowers) 1470012538.0
"I'm just too busy, believe me. I'm a very important person very important. I have things to do that are more important" #TrumpDebateExcuses— Sarah Burris (@Sarah Burris) 1470014414.0
#TrumpDebateExcuses Believe me, I know excuses. Mine will be biggest. Trust me.— Paul Lander (@Paul Lander) 1470011247.0
Then there's always the standard excuse: The liberal media.
The dishonest media will replay my exact words and say I said them. Unfair! #TrumpDebateExcuses— Aღanda (@Aღanda) 1470011026.0
#TrumpDebateExcuses They wont let me wear my favorite hat https://t.co/pZ1GaJd3sU— Adolf Trump (@Adolf Trump) 1470010932.0
#TrumpDebateExcuses Too soon to use Michelle Obama's speech.— The Resistance (@The Resistance) 1470010865.0
The inevitable hair jokes:
"I have to wash my hair. It's more complicated than you think." #TrumpDebateExcuses— Daniel W. Drezner (@Daniel W. Drezner) 1470010498.0
#TrumpDebateExcuses My dog ate my hair.— Harold Itzkowitz (@Harold Itzkowitz) 1470008703.0
The cameraman is Mexican so he has “an inherent conflict of interest” and cannot provide fair on-screen time. #TrumpDebateExcuses— Amadi Says Seven Lights Is a Week of Brightness (@Amadi Says Seven Lights Is a Week of Brightness) 1470010687.0
Debate commission won't let me use my gold-encrusted lecturn. #TrumpDebateExcuses #NeverTrump— Crimea River (@Crimea River) 1469994401.0
#TrumpDebateExcuses I am meeting with Sarah Palin for intelligence and foreign policy briefings— R Joseph (@R Joseph) 1470006888.0
Can't. Still googling "how to get Mexico to pay for the wall". #TrumpDebateExcuses— Boot the Satchsquatter (@Boot the Satchsquatter) 1470004056.0
Chris Chistie refuses to wear a pantsuit when playing Hillary in the practice debate #TrumpDebateExcuses— Ronin Mara (@Ronin Mara) 1470003815.0
HRC: I'll debate you any time, anywhere, any place Trump: I can't make that #trumpdebateexcuses— Sam Josephs Proud AF 2 Not Be A Republican Traitor (@Sam Josephs Proud AF 2 Not Be A Republican Traitor) 1469999281.0
Planning to actually shoot someone in Times Square. #TrumpDebateExcuses #NeverTrump— Crimea River (@Crimea River) 1469997955.0
How dare the people who schedule debates actually schedule debates. #TrumpDebateExcuses https://t.co/IaWLa8A9qe— Don'tBooVote (@Don'tBooVote) 1469987424.0
I have all the best words but Ivanka says they aren't as bigly as Hillary's & that's rigged against me! #TrumpDebateExcuses— ~between the idea & the reality falls the shadow~ (@~between the idea & the reality falls the shadow~) 1469852715.0
#TrumpDebateExcuses girls are mean— k8 (@k8) 1464909405.0
"...bullying grieving parents, for instance. I've created millions of jobs doing that and believe me, it's huge." https://t.co/LypkzyZ81r— Terri Farley (@Terri Farley) 1470017066.0