How Trump's legacy will be remembered by history

Between his tumultuous first moments and volatile final days, Donald Trump treated the presidency like the world's greatest reality TV show — and commanded the world's attention along the way.
4:49 | 01/19/21

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Hoping for that. Right now a look back at the presidency of Donald Trump. Chief white house correspondent Jon Karl has had a front row seat for all the key moments and wrote a book "Front row at the trump show." Good morning, Jon. Reporter: Good morning, the curtain is about to ball on the trump presidency. There's never been one like it, not even close. I Donald John trump do solemnly swear --%. Reporter: Donald Trump delivered the darkest inaugural address in history. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now. Reporter: The carnage would come. And it would be brought on in large measure by trump himself. You'll never take back our country with weakness. Reporter: Democracy assaulted and the capitol invaded by followers of a president who refused to admit he lost. Between his tumultuous first moments and his disastrous final days, Donald Trump treated the presidency like the world's greatest reality TV show and commanded the world's attention along the way. There were successes, three justices to the supreme court, a legacy that will last long after trump is gone, three years of economic prosperity, a record-setting stock market and he brokered historic deals to normalize relations between Israel and four Arab countries. There were bold moves as when he shocked the world by meeting one-on-one with dictator Kim Jong-un, even becoming the first president to step foot in north Korea. His white house was anything but stable. At home the man who promised to hire the best people churned through top advisers at a record rate. Four chiefs of staff, four national security advisers, four press secretaries, four defense secretaries and on and on. Among the very few advisers who made it through his entire term were family members, daughter ivanka and son-in-law Jared. Many of those who were fired or quit trashed the president they served calling him undisciplined, stunningly uninformed, lacking mature leadership. Reporter: It was a presidency littered with low points. In reaction to the deadly protest led by white supremacists in charlottesville. You also had people that were very fine people on both sides. Reporter: The separation of children interest their parents on the Mexican border, a relationship with Vladimir Putin so close it mystified his own advisers, especially when he said he believed Putin over U.S. Intelligence on election interference. President Putin, he just said it's not Russia. I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be. Reporter: He was ultimately impeached for trying to get another foreign leader, Ukraine's president, T interfere in another presidential election. By withholding military aid to get dirt on the Bidens but the darkest moments of the trump presidency came in 2020, including his response to the killing of George Floyd. When protesters were forcefully removed so trump could hold a photo-op in front of St. John's Thank you very much, Reporter: When the covid-19 pandemic hit, he minimized the threat. This is a flu. It's going to disappear. One day it's like a miracle, it will disappear. Reporter: It was later revealed trump knew the truth and told Bob Woodward. I wanted to always play it down. Reporter: It was perhaps the most damaging lie of a presidency filled with lies. Why did you lie to the American people and why should we trust what you have to say -- Such a terrible question and the phraseology. I didn't lie. Reporter: Trump himself was infected by covid-19. Returning from the hospital in a made for TV moment where he ripped off his mask. His mishandling of the pandemic had deadly consequences. Nearly 400,000 Americans so far killed by the virus. They are dying. That's true and it is what it is. Reporter: With the virus raging, trump campaigned hard for re-election. That is a lot of people here today. Reporter: 2:30 in the morning on election night he made it clear he'd never accept defeat. Frankly, we did win this election. Reporter: Even after dozens of failed court challenges and his own attorney general declared no widespread election fraud trump refused to give in. We will Nev give up. We will never concede. Reporter: Trump's rage became his supporters' rage. A riot on the capitol and a first ever second impeachment of an American president. Heal's hear more from Jon in a moment. We want to bring in someone you don't usually hear from John Santucci, our top ABC news producer who has been covering

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