‘UPFRONT’ recap: Bob Woodward on Trump interviews, Biden reelection chances

Written by Matt Smith, Political Director

Bob Woodward, the legendary journalist and associate editor at The Washington Post, says “anything” can still happen in 2024, even as it appears more likely voters in Wisconsin and nationwide will be faced with a Trump-Biden rematch.

“You never can never tell,” Woodward said on WISN’s ‘UPFRONT,’ which is produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com. “Somebody in the Biden White House said well it may not be Trump versus Biden but X versus Y. I don’t know who X and Y might be, but that’s possible.”

“I happen to be 80 also,” Woodward said. “And 80’s not 37 or 47 or 57 or 67, and the presidency is hard.”

Woodward is currently working on a new book that will focus on Ukraine, the Middle East, the presidential campaigns and Biden.

“The similarities between Trump and Nixon are immense. They’re different, but there are a lot of similarities,” Woodward said. “One of the themes is political hate that Nixon embodied. Trump has embodied and we now see it on an international scale in the Middle East and Ukraine. Political hate is driving a lot, too much. It’s crippling.”

Last year, Woodward released The Trump Tapes, an audiobook featuring his 20 interviews with Trump in 2019 and 2020, partially during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and ahead of the 2020 election.

“We would be at home that year and the phone would ring,” Woodward said. “And we would think, is it one of our two daughters? Is it a friend? Is it a robocall? Or is it Donald Trump? And it would often be Donald Trump.”

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