Karl, who has reported from several war zones, said that covering an indoor rally for President Donald Trump is “like you are taking your family with you to Fallujah.”
He compared those experiences to the dangers of attending crowded indoor events – such as Trump’s rallies – during the pandemic.
“This is not like embedding with the Marines in Fallujah,” Karl told the National Journal about attending indoor Trump rallies during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is like you are taking your family with you to Fallujah.”
The comments have caused Karl to receive plenty of backlash from across the world, especially veterans of the Iraq war where Fallujah is.
“No, no it’s not,” combat veteran Alex Plitsas told the ABC News reporter.
“I covered the rally. I also went to several casinos just as packed with just as few masks. Were all of those people also killing their families?” The Federalist correspondent David Marcus asked.
“Pretty insane thing to say, Jon,” Daily Caller reporter Henry Rogers reacted.
“That’s pathetic,” National Review contributor Pradheep J. Shanker wrote.
“This is embarrassing,” The Post Millennial staff writer Chad Felix Greene similarly said.
Princeton professor Julian Zelizer also pointed out that reporters rally shy away from entering dangerous conditions for a story.
“This is nothing like that,” he said. “The president is simply creating a dangerous situation to prove some sort of point. He puts followers at risk, and then reporters who want to cover the story. There is zero sense to what he did.”
Trump was accused of breaking the Nevada state’s laws of no indoor events with over 50 people after holding a rally in Las Vegas on Sunday.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak called the President “callous disregard in a reckless, selfish, irresponsible way.”
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