"I just don't think this is over," she added. "I would like it to be over... but yeah, I think it's a very scary time for all of us."
Ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday, bringing to an end the most contentious presidency in recent memory, thousands of National Guard troops have been summoned to Washington in an attempt to stave off any further unrest.
But despite the continuing threat of violence, the journalist remains hopeful.
"But the good news is, together we can get through it — we really can," she insisted. "But it's very scary, and I don't take it lightly."
Danger or no, King knows that an event as important as the swearing in absolutely must be documented by the media, which has spent the past four years being branded the enemy of the people by the outgoing President.
"Well we still have to cover the inauguration," King said. "I look forward to that."
Ever the optimist, she had words of comfort for those who will be duty-bound to report on the historic occasion.
"I'm told there will be security there," she assured; "it will probably be one of the safest places to be."