Trump Fires US Cybersecurity Director Chris Krebs After Krebs Debunks Trump's Claims Of Election Systems Fraud

from the mad-king-tantrum dept

As we noted last week, it was widely expected that sooner or later Donald Trump would turn his post-election temper tantrum towards Chris Krebs, the widely respected director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Krebs had been standing firm in reporting that there was no evidence to support the widespread conspiracy theories about hacked voting machines. CISA had been proactively debunking these claims.

On Tuesday morning, Krebs tweeted about how election security experts all agreed that there was no evidence of manipulated elections -- directly contradicting the ongoing unsubstantiated claims of the President and his enablers:

In response, a few hours later, Trump tweeted that Krebs was fired:

If you can't read that, it's the President saying:

The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 Election was highly inaccurate, in that there were massive improprieties and fraud - including dead people voting, Poll Watchers not allowed into polling locations, “glitches” in the voting machines which changed... votes from Trump to Biden, late voting, and many more. Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

There is no evidence that any of that actually happened. None. Zero. Zilch. Every single one of those stories has been debunked (and most of them have literally nothing to do with Krebs' job). The only thing truthful in those tweets is that Trump was firing Krebs. This is a disgusting abuse of power, supporting completely bullshit conspiracy theory nonsense, in order to remove a public servant who actually did his job well in protecting against such election manipulation.

Moments later, on his personal Twitter account, Krebs tweeted with class:

This is the kind of grace and class that Trump and his enablers will never understand.

As professor Steve Vladeck notes, "we're worse off as a country" because of "this temper tantrum" by the President.

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  1. identicon
    David, 18 Nov 2020 @ 6:56am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    See also: EC making votes in some states more important than other states, uncoupling the democratic idea that 1 person = 1 equal vote.

    Well, that's by design. Representation in the Senate also ignores head counts. In contrast, the House which deals with the purse strings supposed to be somewhat in proportion to the head counts both with regard to incoming and outgoing money, has representative numbers that try to track population proportions more closely, of course with some adjustment through gerrymandering.

    The Constitution is designed to give people as such representation, but not too much so. And the manners of actually picking those representatives have shifted over time. This is why Trump's fantasy of having Pennsylvania legislature ignore the election and pick their own slate of pro-Trump electoral voters is actually a possibility under the federal constitution. And the next possibility is electors not voting for the candidates they claimed to be voting for (and the discrepancy of polling data with the election outcome shows that voting for Trump while not admitting to it in advance is rather common).

    A whole lot of the current election process is by regulation and convention and some after-the-fact penalties, and the Trump administration as well as the Republican party has demonstrated time and again that large swaths of it are willing to ignore regulation and convention, and the penalties will be pardoned by Trump anyway.

    Yes, it would likely trigger civil unrest and uprisings to just ignore the election results, but since when did the Trump administration worry about civil unrest and uprisings?

    So it will be over when it is over.


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