Trump Fires Chris Krebs For Disputing His Election Conspiracy Theories
Taking to his official Twitter account, President Donald Trump announced that he was firing the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Chris Krebs. He attributed his termination to Krebs' denial of widespread voter fraud.
In his statement, Krebs said there is no evidence that suggests any voting system was deleted, votes were lost, changed, or was in any way compromised. In his Nov. 18 tweet, Trump said Krebs' recent statement on the recently concluded election's security was highly inaccurate, insisting that there were massive fraud and improprieties in them.
He went on to claim that the 2020 Election had dead people voting, and there were glitches in the voting machines, and poll watchers were also not allowed into polling locations. Twitter flagged this tweet as disputed, just like some of Trump's earlier tweets over conspiracy theories about the election.
He concluded the tweet, announcing that Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, effective immediately. Krebs, who ran the cyber arm of the department, was expected to be fired, with a source close to him telling CNN that he knew he might face such a consequence for disputing Trump's claims.
Moreover, the source said Krebs realized he was on the verge of being fired when media organizations that are well disposed to the president started attacking him. After learning that he has been fired, Krebs took to his Twitter account to respond, saying it was an honor to serve and they did it right.
In his tweet, Krebs urged Americans to defend today to secure their tomorrow, using hashtag #Protect2020. His termination represents the lengths Trump can go to punish those who do not agree to his conspiratorial view of the recently concluded election. Since several outlets called the race for President-elect Joe Biden, he has refused to accept the election results.
Trump has been pushing dubious conspiracies that the election was stolen from him. Aside from that, he has falsely claimed that he won reelection, insisting that he won states where the results were still awaited at the time. He also accused his opponents of carrying out a fraud.
Krebs has repeatedly disputed Trump's false claims about mail-in ballots ahead of Election Day but made sure he did not criticize his boss for spreading lies. But Krebs recently adopted a more aggressive approach, often reacting to the conspiracy theories pushed by Trump and his allies with red siren emojis on Twitter.