People wonder why officials will not publicly correct Trump’s lies, this is why.
Courtesy of CNN:
President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired the Department of Homeland Security official who had rejected Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud.
Trump announced on Twitter he was firing Chris Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and directly tied it to Krebs’ statement that said there “is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”
Trump did not even try to hide the fact that he fired Krebs in retribution for not backing him up.
…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
Of course, this did not come as a surprise to Krebs:
CNN reported that Krebs, who ran the cyber arm of the Department of Homeland Security, expected to be fired. A source close to Krebs told CNN he knew he might get in trouble for telling the truth, but realized his dismissal could come soon when media organizations that are friendly to the President started to attack him.
He learned from Trump’s tweet he had been fired, the source said, and responded on Twitter himself shortly afterward, saying, “Honored to serve. We did it right. Defend Today, Secure Tomrorow. #Protect2020.”
CISA Deputy Director Matt Travis, the No. 2 official at the agency, resigned in the wake of Krebs’ firing, a source familiar with the matter told CNN. Travis resigned after the White House made clear he would not take the helm at CISA.
In a letter seen by CNN, CISA’s chief of staff Emily Early informed the staff that Tuesday was Krebs’ last day with the agency, and said the President has designated Executive Director Brandon Wales as acting director.
And this firing will serve as a warning to this new director to either support Trump’s version of reality or stay quiet.
This is how they control information in dictatorships around the country.