Wednesday November 18, 2020
The elected US President Trump still does not recognize his defeat. Rather, he continues to speak of electoral fraud. He ignores opposing voices – or worse, fires those who contradict him. Like the top election security officer now.
Two weeks after the US presidential election, the elected incumbent Donald Trump fired his top electoral security officer after he rejected the president’s allegations of election fraud. Chris Krebs was “with immediate effect dismissed as head of the cybersecurity agency (CISA),” wrote Trump on Twitter. The government agency CISA, which is subordinate to the Department of Homeland Security, had rejected allegations of alleged election fraud in the past few days and called the November 3rd vote “the safest in US history”.
Krebs’ latest declaration on the security of the 2020 election “was highly inaccurate because of massive irregularities and fraud,” added the president as a justification. The CISA was responsible for the defense against possible cyber attacks.
Shortly after his dismissal, the killed head of the authorities also responded with a tweet: “It is an honor to serve. We did it right,” he wrote. The head of the authorities had reportedly expected his dismissal last week. Krebs and his team had “worked diligently to secure our elections,” said Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. “Instead of rewarding this great service, President Trump is retaliating against cancer and other officials who have done their duty.”
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There was also a lack of understanding among the Republicans of the Krebs dismissal: “Chris Krebs has done a really good job – as government officials across the nation will tell you – and he shouldn’t be fired,” said Republican Senator Ben Sasse.
The White House was reportedly particularly unhappy with a CISA anti-misinformation website called “Rumor vs. Reality”. The site rejected claims by Trump, among others, that many votes were cast on behalf of the dead or that a postponement of the vote count indicated fraud.
Trump had lost the election on November 3rd against his challenger Joe Biden from the Democrats, but has not yet admitted his defeat. The incumbent speaks of alleged electoral fraud and has filed a number of lawsuits. Trump is also blocking a handover of official business to Biden’s transition team.
Krebs and other leading representatives of the US authorities had rejected Trump’s persistent allegations in a joint statement – without naming the president. “The November 3rd election was the safest in American history,” the statement said. They pointed out that the vote had not been tampered with through the use of computer software. “There is no evidence that a voting system has deleted or changed votes – or has been compromised in any way,” said the statement with the Association of State Election Officers.