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Opinion: What's behind Trump's bizarre suggestion

August 2, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President Donald Trump leaves after participating in a roundtable on donating plasma at the American Red Cross national headquarters on Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

On the same day that three former US presidents joined in a moving tribute to civil rights hero John Lewis and just after the release of government data showing the worst quarterly plunge in economic activity ever recorded, President Donald Trump tried to seize control of the news agenda with a jaw-dropping suggestion: Consider delaying the November election.

(CNN)On the same day that three former US presidents joined in a moving tribute to civil rights hero John Lewis and just after the release of government data showing the worst quarterly plunge in economic activity ever recorded, President Donald Trump tried to seize control of the news agenda with a jaw-dropping suggestion: Consider delaying the November election.

"It's insulting to the American public to even suggest that this sacred constitutional right should be undermined by an authoritarian President tanking in the national polls to Joe Biden," wrote historian Douglas Brinkley.

But with his attacks on the legitimacy of the election and on mail-in voting, Zelizer wrote, "Trump is now going after a core pillar of our democracy . . .

Bush and Barack Obama "believed deeply in the goodness of America, the nobility of public service, and the promise of our future. " Trump chose not to attend the service, and he did not pay respects in person when Lewis' body was lying in state at the Capitol.

"It was not lost on anyone who watched on Thursday that the man who lives and works where Clinton, Bush, and Obama did, disrespected a national hero and shrank from the moment," Weinberg wrote.

Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump argued that Harris is the right choice for vice president, describing her as a "change agent at every level of government -- local, state, and federal -- for 30 years. " After watching her "skewer witness after witness testifying at Senate hearings," he wrote, "I know exactly who I want to see go toe-to-toe with Mike Pence. "

President Trump hammered at his message to suburban voters this week, promising via Twitter that "people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream . . .

Trump may be well behind in the polls, but his message is getting through to at least some voters in swing states, wrote Rich Thau, who has conducted focus groups in places like Macomb County, Michigan.

Joe Biden could still lose the election, wrote Joe Lockhart.

Michael D'Antonio: Americans are dying of Covid-19 and Trump is pouting about Fauci

Michael Linden of the Roosevelt Institute, writing for the CNN Business Perspectives section, wrote that the conservative case against extending the $600 benefit is mistaken.

By contrast, Rachel Greszler of the Heritage Foundation wrote that businesses are right to worry that it will be harder to get workers back to work if the $600 benefit is extended.

"Taking money from future taxpayers to support policies that discourage people from working and that take jobs out of the economy won't help the recovery or individuals' and families' long-term wellbeing," she wrote.

On the day Barack Obama took the oath of office as President, he hugged Rep. John Lewis "and said his victory had been made possible only by the sacrifices Lewis made," wrote Dorothy Brown.

Obama's election in 2008 marked the start of America's Third Reconstruction, wrote Peniel Joseph.

"There are now more than four million confirmed cases in the US," wrote Peter Bergen, "a quarter of the total number of known cases in the world, yet Americans make up just over 4% of the global population. "

by prioritizing 'reopening' over public health, the nation has chosen to accept that many hundreds of thousands of Americans will die of Covid-19. "

In the meantime, there's one vaccine people should take starting in September even though it doesn't prevent the coronavirus, wrote Dr. Richard Webby.

"Baseball is now a microcosm of how to best battle our imploding failures, a grand experiment for our other institutions, perhaps especially the public schools that the man in the White House is so eager to reopen so America can get 'back to work,'" she wrote.

Many women are also facing an undue burden, wrote Rep. Katherine Clark, vice chair of the Democratic Caucus and Fatima Goss Graves, CEO of the National Women's Law Center.

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