In an interview with Deadline, ABC White House correspondent Jonathan Karl said that if Donald Trump runs for president again in 2024, it will be one of the “greatest challenges” media have ever faced.
Noting the way Trump was able to create confusion late election day 2020, by preemptively claiming he was going to win as the results showed the opposite, Karl suggested, “How do you cover a candidate who is effectively anti-democratic? How do you cover a candidate who is running both against whoever the Democratic candidate is but also running against the very democratic system that makes all of this possible?”
“I think it’s tremendously challenging because you know that — especially now, more than ever — that he is just saying things that are not true, that are designed to misinform, that are designed to erode credibility and belief in our electoral system. And it’s actually dangerous,” Karl, the author of “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show,” told Deadline. “So how do you cover a debate? How do you cover a speech? How do you sit down for long live interviews with him as a candidate? I think these are really difficult questions because he is obviously not a typical candidate.”
“Now he has been demonstrated to be a candidate that is trying to destroy the very system that makes this election possible. And yet we cover campaigns. That’s what we do,” he explained before warning, “It is a very difficult, precarious situation, and I don’t know how it is going to play out, to be honest.”
Trump made more than 30,000 incorrect or misleading assertions throughout his presidency, according to The Washington Post.