President Donald Trump's first term in office has been infamous for the stratospheric turnaround among the White House staff.
Many of the White House's most notable departures were the result of politically motivated firings from Trump—after all, "you're fired" has been the President's mantra since his days as a reality television star.
Trump fired Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman and European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland after the two complied with a Congressionally issued subpoena to testify before the House Select Committee on Impeachment last year. He fired former FBI Director James Comey for pursuing ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. He fired Comey's acting successor, Andrew McCabe, for the same reason.
These were just some of the transparently political firings from the White House.
Now, as Trump doubles down in his refusal to accept the reality that President-elect Joe Biden defeated him in the 2020 election, the President has now fired the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) head, Chris Krebs.
As CISA director, Krebs repeatedly debunked Trump's lies about widespread voter fraud tipping the 2020 election to Biden.
He's done so on his personal Twitter account...
To be crystal clear on ⬇️, I’m specifically referring to the Hammer and Scorecard nonsense. It’s just that - nonse… https://t.co/OFLQhrT3oa— Chris Krebs #Protect2020 (@Chris Krebs #Protect2020) 1604784568.0
And through statements issued by CISA itself, one which read:
"The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result."
While Krebs was attempting to salvage a modicum of faith in the democratic process that's defined the United States since its inception, his fact-checks were taken as personal slights to Trump, who's infinitesimal chances of securing a second term hinge on eroded public trust in American democracy.
With that in mind, Trump fired Krebs by tweet on Tuesday.
Trump claimed the firing was a result of "highly inaccurate" statements on election security; ironically enough, the very tweet denouncing this "highly inaccurate" information was flagged by Twitter for...containing highly inaccurate information.
Except for Krebs' termination, every claim Trump made in the above tweets is false.
Trump's own lawyers concede in court cases that Republican poll watchers were permitted in counting facilities and photo evidence shows they were present. The few glitches that switched Trump votes to Biden votes were immediately identified and didn't affect the vote totals. Many of the dead people the Trump campaign claims have voted are actually alive and well. No one voted late, ballots were counted after the election, as has been the process in every American presidential election in history.
Krebs has taken to Twitter to defend himself.
Honored to serve. We did it right. Defend Today, Secure Tomrorow. #Protect2020— Chris Krebs (@Chris Krebs) 1605659702.0
In defending democracy, do or do not, there is no try. This is the way. #Protect2020 @HamillHimself @PedroPascal1 https://t.co/nhF4FrVqhT— Chris Krebs (@Chris Krebs) 1605682161.0
Rumor Control: I never claimed there wasn’t fraud in the election, bc that’s not CISA’s job - it’s a law enforcemen… https://t.co/wLwfDqKtSm— Chris Krebs (@Chris Krebs) 1605720393.0
These Kraken believers apparently didn’t read much Greek mythology - or even watch Clash of the Titans (the origina… https://t.co/9bBpkaPhIU— Chris Krebs (@Chris Krebs) 1605721427.0
People didn't hesitate to call out Trump for the blatantly political termination.
Christopher Krebs got fired because he did his job to protect our elections and stood up to Trump's conspiracy theo… https://t.co/4f7V0TMuXf— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren) 1605664834.0
Chris Krebs did nothing more than tell the truths that Trump is trying to ignore; he was fired for almost literally… https://t.co/XtEhItbAWr— Garrett M. Graff (@Garrett M. Graff) 1605663130.0
The Trump administration just fired Chris Krebs. I know this guy. He is in charge of protecting our critical infras… https://t.co/lorOUOmcom— Amy Klobuchar (@Amy Klobuchar) 1605661115.0
Trump quite explicitly told his tens of millions of followers he fired Krebs because of his statement, which was cl… https://t.co/Gmzx9VO9wJ— Kathryn Watson (@Kathryn Watson) 1605717828.0
In the face of the President's lies about nonexistent voter fraud, Chris Krebs responded with facts and truth. He w… https://t.co/o7JHtNQaxH— Cory Booker (@Cory Booker) 1605665741.0
Even some Republicans were concerned at Krebs' dismissal.
Strong reaction from @JohnCornyn to the President’s firing of DHS official Chris Krebs “It’s the president’s prerog… https://t.co/uc0fMlCwsq— Garrett Haake (@Garrett Haake) 1605716785.0
GOP Sen. Rob Portman, a member of Senate Homeland Security, defends the work of Chris Krebs after Trump fired the D… https://t.co/O8po68NTZ6— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju) 1605662001.0
Krebs will likely be one of the few former Trump appointees whose reputation post-Trump remains more or less unblemished.