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Piers Morgan: Trump should take a knee in Oval Office on live TV to unify country

Piers Morgan: Trump should take a knee in Oval Office on live TV to unify country
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British TV morning host Piers Morgan called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE to take a knee on live TV from the Oval Office, arguing Monday that such a grand gesture might ensure reelection.

Morgan, a former CNN prime-time host and one-time supporter of the president, made the remark in an opinion piece for the Daily Mail as protests over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd on May 25 enter their third week.

"From the start of the protests, the President has done nothing but pour 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts' fuel onto the flames, acting as a divisive lightening rod with his incendiary rhetoric," Morgan wrote. "Yet the more he rages, and the more he vows to 'dominate' the protestors, the more tone-deaf and out-of-touch he looks – as his crashing approval ratings indicate."

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Morgan said he was offering advice in light of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonTo end homelessness, follow the science Ben Carson attended indoor fundraiser where attendees didn't wear masks: report Building the Dream: We're in This Together MORE suggesting during a CNN appearance on Sunday that Trump is likely to discuss race issues this week.

"If President Trump really wants to make a statement about race and unity, one that rocks the entire world, then with the American people watching live on TV, he should simply take the knee in the Oval Office," the former "Apprentice" contestant wrote. "In one stunning moment, Trump could heal so many wounds, unify so much of the country, and quite probably get himself re-elected."

The president trails presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation Trump campaign eyes election night party at his sold-out DC hotel Harris blasts GOP for confirming Amy Coney Barrett: 'We won't forget this' MORE by 7.8 percentage points in the RealClearPolitics polling average, with the two candidates running neck and neck in key battleground states.

Trump spent much of the weekend repeating his calls for "law and order" and downplaying the size of nationwide protests against police brutality.

In contrast, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Businesses, wealthy brace for Biden tax hikes | Dow falls more than 650 points as COVID-19 cases rise, stimulus hopes fade | Kudlow doesn't expect Trump to release detailed economic plan before election Overnight Health Care: US sets a new record for average daily coronavirus cases | Meadows on pandemic response: 'We're not going to control it' | Pelosi blasts Trump for not agreeing to testing strategy Gaffes put spotlight on Meadows at tough time for Trump MORE (Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerGraham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs Lewandowski: Trump 'wants to see every Republican reelected regardless of ... if they break with the president' Democratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  MORE (N.Y.) and other Democratic leaders knelt during a moment of silence shortly before unveiling a legislative package of police reforms Monday.

The lawmakers knelt for eight minutes and 46 seconds as a tribute to Floyd, the unarmed African American man who died after a now-former Minneapolis police officer pinned his knee on Floyd's neck during an arrest for that length of time.