2020 This Week: Trump's Mount Rushmore plans; Biden's quiet summer; and more to watch
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2020 This Week: Trump's Mount Rushmore plans; Biden's quiet summer; and more to watch

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NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we're watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign:

Days to next set of primaries (New Jersey and Delaware): 8

Days to general election: 127

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The narrative

President Donald Trump is aggressively working to undercut public confidence in the November general election by stoking baseless concerns about voter fraud as he continues to struggle through one of the lowest points of his presidency.

The familiar yet startling attacks on a pillar of democracy come amid a resurgence of the coronavirus under Trump's watch that forced Vice President Mike Pence to cancel upcoming campaign stops in Florida and Arizona and pushed several Trump-allied Republican governors to scale back reopening efforts.

The Republican president is hoping that a high-profile appearance at Mount Rushmore this Friday can help boost his standing.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden is maintaining a comparatively low profile ahead of what's expected to be a quiet summer for the Democratic presumptive nominee.

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The big questions

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The final thought

While there will be plenty of inconsequential bickering between the parties this summer, it's hard to overstate the importance of Trump's ongoing fight against the integrity of the U.S. election system. His baseless charges of voter fraud and corruption are getting louder as his poll numbers sink.

"Never," said presidential historian Douglas Brinkley when asked whether any past U.S. president had ever used such language. "What you're seeing is someone who's an autocrat or a dictator in action."

Despite such criticism from historians, Trump's campaign to undercut confidence in U.S. elections could live long past his presidency.

2020 Watch runs every Monday and provides a look at the week ahead in the 2020 election.

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