President Donald Trump used Twitter to fire Chris Krebs, the director of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on Tuesday, leaving himself open to some angry comments. Krebs had recently criticized Trump for his continued false claims about fraud in the 2020 presidential election, which appeared to be the reason for his termination. Americans alternately condemned and mocked Trump for this move.
Krebs was the first ever director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, a new division of the Department of Homeland Security. He set himself apart from other Trump administration officials when he released a public memo, stating that "there is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised," according to a report by USA Today. Ironically, as soon as Trump tweeted that Krebs was wrong about the election, Twitter fact-checkers appended a warning to Trump's tweet.
...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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2020
"All of the states with close results in the 2020 presidential race have paper records of each vote, allowing the ability to go back and count each ballot if necessary," Krebs' original statement went on. "This is an added benefit for security and resilience. This process allows for the identification and correction of any mistakes or errors."
Krebs acknowledged his termination via Twitter with a tweet of his own, and a change to his bio on the platform. Many commenters praised him for speaking the truth, assuming he knew ahead of time that it would cost him his job. Meanwhile, many lashed out at Trump for defying the findings of his own appointed experts, and for his continued lies about the election results. Here is a look at the response on Twitter.
Firing people who are doing a good job isn't going to make you look like a winner! Isn't going to make you a winner. You are a one-term impeached president, who shouldn't have been president in the first place! Just concede!— Erin Rogers (@erogers8877) November 18, 2020
Both Trump supporters and Biden supporters commented that the firing of Krebs did not send the message Trump seemed to hope it would. By terminating a supposed expert that he himself appointed, Trump did little to inspire confidence that his claims of voter fraud were justified.prevnext
You are a TRUE patriot!!! pic.twitter.com/hqo6Gjrn5B— Eric's mom Fukced Gary Busey! (@DesnoyerRobert) November 18, 2020
Many commenters dropped by Krebs' post to thank him for his work as a public servant. They called him "a TRUE patriot" and told him he had done the right thing.prevnext
Enough is enough!— Robert Geller (@rjgeller) November 18, 2020
Cancel this dude’s account for repeatedly tweeting lies! https://t.co/C6FyivIgZi
A growing number of critics are calling on Twitter executives to intervene and shut down Trump's account on the platform. The responses to Krebs' firing were no exception.prevnext
No one noticed. We came to celebrate your service to America.— medit8now (@medit8now) November 18, 2020
On Wednesday morning, Krebs noticed his own typo in his original tweet, and posted a self-effacing response to it. Supporters were undeterred, telling him that one spelling error would not impact his place in the history books.prevnext
One reason the 2020 Presidential elections were the most secure in American history is in no small part due to @C_C_Krebs & his team. He is the ultimate, consummate professional & leaders on both sides of the aisle appreciate is integrity, experience, and commitment to democracy. https://t.co/DHuLYfVaSd— Jocelyn Benson (@JocelynBenson) November 18, 2020
Election officials and other public figures posted their endorsements of Krebs after his firing, including Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. Benson assured voters that Krebs' work behind the scenes was integral to the secure election.prevnext
At what point is this guy declared mentally unfit? This has to be the worst and most bizarre meltdown in the history of the presidency, by far. Yikes— ⚜️Saints2020⚜️ (@torfino7) November 18, 2020
Many commenters remarked that Trump's continued lies about the 2020 presidential election are embarrassing — both for him and for the U.S. as a whole. Some even questioned whether these false accusations and conspiracy theories could be enough to have him removed from office before the inauguration in January.prevnext
It's all so exhausting. An endless stream of lies and conspiracies, amplified conservative media hacks and mostly met with silence from Republicans who know better. The damage he's doing is real. https://t.co/PcgUjr33b5— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) November 18, 2020
You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? https://t.co/3NClwG9CM5— Steve Case (@SteveCase) November 18, 2020
Finally, many people commented that Trump's relentless claims of unfairness are "exhausting," and some even speculated that that is the point. Fox News contributor Stephen Hayes suggested that Trump was doing real "damage" to American democracy by making Americans so sick and tired of talking about politics at all.prev