Trump Fires Krebs

DHS cybersecurity expert who deemed election secure fired by tweet.

Source: The White House

More from the toddler-in-chief’s wannabe autocrat file:

Context via PC Mag: DHS: 2020 Election ‘Most Secure in American History,’ No Evidence of Fraud.

The 2020 US election was the “most secure in American history” and there is no evidence of fraud, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced Thursday.

“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” according to the agency’s Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (GCC) Executive Committee.

Committee members include CISA Assistant Director Bob Kolasky, but CISA Director Chris Krebs also linked to the statement on Twitter, saying: “America, we have confidence in the security of your vote, you should, too.”

So the administration’s own experts declared the election secure, so, of course, Trump fired the guy in charge of that part of the Department of Homeland Security.

You know, as one does when one doesn’t like an analysis: just fire the analyst!

Problem solved!

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  1. DrDaveT says:

    So, at some point, Trump’s lies about the election have to be either illegal or actionable in civil court, right? If the President publicly accuses Krebs of either lying about the election or being incompetent in his evaluation of it, can’t Krebs sue?

    There really need to be legal consequences for this level of ratfvcking.

  2. reid says:

    I hope if Krebs is as good as he’s being portrayed that the Biden administration hires him right back, with a pay increase for his troubles.

  3. CSK says:

    The Trumpkins are applauding this move, given that Krebs was quite obviously a deep-state tool of Pelosi, Schumer, and George Soros.

    That’s what they’re saying, anyway.

  4. Ken_L says:

    The positive side is that Krebs is now free to appear as an expert witness for the defense in all Giuliani’s lunatic court cases.

  5. Scott says:

    So are tweets official government communication now? One of these days (and there are not many left), someone is going to say that they don’t recognize (or better yet, read) tweets and refuse to leave.

  6. Mu Yixiao says:

    Well…. Krebs did say that he’d be fired for his statement.

  7. Mu Yixiao says:

    Chris Krebs
    Honored to serve. We did it right. Defend Today, Secure Tomrorow [sic]. #Protect2020

  8. Kathy says:

    Did you know Stalin had census officials executed when their accurate figures were lower than he’d wanted?

  9. Kylopod says:

    @Kathy: Are you familiar with Nixon’s attempted purge of Jews at BLS after an unemployment report he didn’t like? (My familiarity with this episode may have something to do with the fact that my dad was a Jew who started working at BLS not long after this incident occurred.) Fred Malek had to step down from Bush Sr.’s 1988 campaign when it came out he had helped carry out the purge, as an aide, by gathering up a list of BLS employees with “Jewish” names.

  10. Kathy says:


    I wasn’t aware of that, but I can’t say I’m surprised.

  11. Sleeping Dog says:

    Nixon’s campaign against Jewish employees of the BLS was particularly odious and was part of a larger war with government employees that had civil service protections. Fred Malek was the architect of the attempted purge. Colloquially the outline for getting around civil service protections was known as the Malek Manual.

    Whoever will be Biden’s director of personnel should familiarize themselves with the MM, it will be useful in routing out embedded trumpkins.

  12. Kylopod says:

    @Sleeping Dog:

    Nixon’s campaign against Jewish employees of the BLS was particularly odious and was part of a larger war with government employees that had civil service protections.

    Yes–but it was mixed with Nixon’s obsessive anti-Semitism. I think he was triggered by the fact that the assistant commissioner at the time was a fellow named Goldstein. Other than that, his attempt to go after the Jews in BLS was just a bizarre non sequitur.

  13. Sleeping Dog says:


    Nixon’s antisemitism is what made the BLS purge so odious. The typical Malek target was the senior level manager who was carrying out the department’s mission per the enabling legislation rather than sabotaging it in accordance with Nixon’s desire. BLS employees were punished because they were Jewish and good at math, as there was no agenda to statistics they published.

    With Trump still on the scene, it clouds our view of how horrible a person RMN was.