2020 Watch: Will Trump's return to campaign trail backfire?

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President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, June 14, 2020, after stepping off Marine One as he returns from his golf club in New Jersey. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign:

Days to next set of primaries (New York and Kentucky): 8

Days to general election: 141

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THE NARRATIVE

President Donald Trump makes his official return to the campaign trail this week. He's looking to improve his political standing after trying to navigate through nationwide civil rights protests, a public health crisis and related economic devastation that has defined the worst period of his turbulent presidency.

Saturday's rally in Oklahoma will no doubt turn out thousands of adoring supporters in a deep-red state, but it remains to be seen how he will address his weakness with independents, suburban women and people of color who will play a critical role come November.

At the same time, health experts worry that Trump's rally could help intensify a second wave of coronavirus infections. Just as America begins to reopen, the Republican president cannot afford to see things slide backwards.