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[Music] well good evening once again day 1288 of the trump administration leaving exactly 96 days to go until our presidential election we want to begin a little differently tonight something that was not the most important development of the day in fact it was fleeting and all but overlooked it came after barack obama eulogized his friend john lewis at ebenezer baptist in atlanta he was walking away from the pulpit to applause as he approached his secret service agent he stopped he kept his distance he reached for his mask he put it on and he continued to walk out as someone said earlier today it might have been the most considerate and thus the most presidential moment of the day which brings us to the current president he did not join the three former presidents paying his respects to john lewis he did start his day by suggesting on twitter that we delay our presidential election which for the record is a power only congress has and has never invoked quoting here with universal mail-in voting not absentee voting which is good 2020 will be the most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history it will be a great embarrassment to the usa delay the election until people can properly securely and safely vote again america has never moved or delayed an election despite civil war world wars other crises and it's not happening this year in the face of a pandemic but it is worth noting perhaps that trump's post came 16 minutes after devastating new numbers underscoring the pain the pandemic is having in our nation's economy we'll get to all that just ahead as well but this afternoon the president spent a good bit of time continuing to try to sow doubt about the election attacking without evidence the integrity of mail-in voting tens of thousands of mail ballots have been tossed out in this year's primaries what will happen in november so many years i've been watching elections and they say the projected winner or the winner of the election i don't want to see that take place in a week after november third or a month or frankly with litigation and everything else that can happen years i'd love to see voter id i also don't want to have to wait for three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing do i want to see a date change no but i don't want to see a crooked election this election will be the most rigged election in history if that happens as politifact notes and it's incumbent on all of this to keep reporting and repeating this there is no evidence to support trump's overall claim that mailed ballots are corrupt all u.s states allow qualified voters to vote by absentee ballot in five states utah colorado hawaii washington and oregon currently conduct all their elections primarily by mail and on capitol hill even trump's most obedient allies today refuse to back him up on this one well never in the history of the country through wars depressions and the civil war have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time and we'll find a way to do that again this november third i understand the president's concern about melon voting which is different than absentee voting but never in the history of the federal elections have we ever not held an election and we should go forward with our election no way should we ever not hold our election on the day that we have it stephanie ruled to tamra's point regardless of intent coming 16 minutes after cataclysmic economic news it was a de facto distraction before we get to the cataclysmic economic news i want to play for you a collection of the times the president has told us how unbelievably great it's about to get you're going to have a fantastic third quarter it'll be a third quarter the likes of which nobody has ever seen before third quarter is going to be tremendous numbers fourth quarter likewise by election day you're gonna see some incredible numbers we're gonna have a good third quarter but next year and i said it before will be the single greatest year economically that we've ever had okay i think next year is going to be an excellent year maybe one of our best years ever from an economic standpoint stephanie exactly how much trouble is the u.s economy in as of tonight well the president you left you left out the sound bite of the president's senior advisor and son-in-law jared kushner who said we'd be rocking and rolling come july so while the president was splashing around in this kiddie pool of chaos talking about the election he was forgetting about the fact that in the last week alone 1.4 million people filed for unemployment benefits you mentioned it earlier tomorrow the expanded unemployment benefits run out and yes gdp is down 32.9 more than triple the second worst quarter now it's no surprise we turned off our economy we expected that to happen however republicans especially the president have said over and over we're going to rock it right back it's going to be a v-shaped recovery brian look at this economy it is an economy divided by green yes you're seeing a roaring comeback for let's say the four biggest tech companies out there whose earnings blew it out today but for the majority of the rest of the country there is extreme long-term pain without any solutions and the fact that congress is going home without figuring out the next relief package is just extraordinary we keep hearing over and over well there's tons of businesses who would love to hire their employees back but they're just making so much money on unemployment that might be a portion a small portion of americans but if they are so concerned with fraud and misuse of money two trillion dollars have been given out and there is virtually no transparency and on both sides of the aisle not many lawmakers demanding more ten months from now when the country is suffering even more economically people will be demanding answers where did that money go because it didn't go to people who needed it most if you look at uh what's going on the younger the better amazing the immune system for children the lower they are in age the lower the risk how can you assure people that schools will be safely reopened so can you assure anybody of anything i do say again young people are almost immune to this disease young people are not almost immune from this disease in south carolina a child under the age of five just died of covet it's the second pediatric coronavirus death in the state reported this month in florida nine-year-old kimmy lynum died soon after she contracted the virus in fact trump's own coronavirus task force members you remember them say it's a misconception that young people are trouble free from this virus so they're not immune to figure that out and in that no no i mean they they have virus in in their in their nasopharynx which means they very well could transmit it it is clear without being a shrink the president has decided this is an elderly issue it would also match his narrative to declare it an elderly issue though i have to say it was startling watching a press conference today with an otherwise healthy 28 year old young woman who now has twin lung transplant thanks to a donor who she thanked today doctor in your experience what's the truth about covid and young people my experience brian and good evening uh kogit is coming for us all and and the president trying to paint this narrative that children are somehow immune is dangerous because what it does is it it loosens the guard it creates pair it makes parents put their guard down when their guards should be up at a five alarm fire right now that they should be as vigilant as possible leadership requires planning for contingencies and having situational awareness and that's that's leadership right now we need contingencies we need to be prepared for the unknown and the big unknown here is what happens when children go back to school in poorly ventilated often in urban areas classrooms that don't have windows or barely have windows so ventilation's not going to be great public school districts are going to be poorly funded in north carolina they only got 17 million promised 17 billion dollars for the entire state for school districts to somehow retrofit their classrooms to be safe for teachers and for kids what we know brian is that children between the ages of 10 and 19 can just as easily transmit this virus as adults what we also know is that cases of hospitalizations pediatric hospitalizations in florida have increased by 25 in just the past week so the president saying that children are immune is just disinformation but it's the worst type of disinformation because it causes us to lower our guard when we should be most vigilant george wallace may be gone but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators we may no longer have to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar in order to cast a ballot but even as we sit here there are those in power who are doing their darndest to discourage people from voting some pointed remarks aimed at the current president from former president obama today still with us eugene robinson and john meacham john i want to read you a tweet from congressman clyburn uh who as you know is as personally responsible for the fact that joe biden is the presumptive democratic nominee as any other individual in the year 2020 the president's suggestion of delaying the election on the day we lay john lewis to rest is the most despicable affront to his memory and legacy americans will rise up and continue john's fight for unfettered access to the ballot box our voices will not be silenced john what a backdrop to today first of all seeing an unburdened former two-term president is one thing um and then seeing the noise from the white house in the midst of this is quite another it is and i would commend everyone to make pay particular attention i almost never say this to what the president said today because the delay is simply an element of this he he played that card if you will but he talked a lot today about litigation he talked a lot today about voter fraud he he launched a frontal attack on mail-in ballots and twice not once but twice he said you know it could take years to know who wins in november so there is we are at a dangerous point here and i think what congressman lewis would be doing is uh having the conversations we're having and trying to figure out how americans can best prepare to let the rule of law and not the whim and ambition of a single man or a single party overwhelm a 240-year experiment in constitutional democracy that might be flawed but as winston churchill said it is in fact the best thing the best alternative on the subject of delaying the election a clip tonight uh from fox news here is tucker carlson at this point it's probably unwise to suggest changing the election voter fraud or not too much is in flux already that's not accidental it's by design a bewildered population dealing with change from every possible direction cannot fight back that's why they're doing it so our job is to defend what we already have as a nation and to promote the continuation of it keeping things the same has never been more important than it is right now so tamara let's call that polite pushback from friendly media but even on the hill as we said some of trump's true elected supplicants went against him on this today and it brings us to a very 2020 question about discerning the line in your view between whether this was distraction or distraction mixed with actual intent well and it doesn't necessarily matter exactly what it was the president succeeded at distraction uh and he did this thing that he has done throughout his political career where he just raises questions and by raising questions and then and then his team or his allies rush to say oh no he he couldn't have possibly been serious he then puts it into the bloodstream he gets people talking about it and and really the effort here was a part of his long-standing effort to discredit the election results or to sow enough doubt about the upcoming election just in case and and it comes in the context of him being behind in the polls all of the polls um and obviously polls are just a snapshot in time but but president trump has used this tactic repeatedly where he he says something that that goes too far then he and his aides claim oh he didn't really mean it and then he mocks everyone for taking it seriously um but in this case this is deadly serious and and that's why you saw mcconnell and and other high-profile republicans shutting it down very quickly