Recently, President Donald Trump abruptly fired Chris Krebs from his post as director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which Trump himself had originally appointed Krebs to lead. Trump flipped out over a statement that the Department of Homeland Security released recently in which officials declared that the recent election was the “most secure in American history,” which sounds like a totally unequivocal assessment. Krebs was not the sole official responsible for the statement, but Trump seems to have made him the fall guy. On Thursday, Krebs spoke out on Twitter, denouncing a bombastic press conference from the Trump team at which they trumpeted baseless claims of widespread fraud.
Krebs commented as follows:
‘That press conference was the most dangerous 1hr 45 minutes of television in American history. And possibly the craziest. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re lucky.’
That press conference was the most dangerous 1hr 45 minutes of television in American history. And possibly the craziest. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re lucky.
— Chris Krebs (@C_C_Krebs) November 19, 2020
The Trump team wants Americans to trust them — no matter the fact that they’re fumbling basic situational facts. At the press conference, Giuliani claimed that election results in Wayne County, Michigan, had been decertified, but this claim just is not correct. Republican members of the county canvassing board wanted to rescind their votes in favor of certifying the results, but there’s no legal way by which they could actually do so. A mere mistake doesn’t explain the Trump team’s nonsense, however. Giuliani also repeatedly insisted that a centralized, nationwide Democratic conspiracy to commit election fraud and swing the election to Biden had unfolded, but the real, tangible evidence for this claim isn’t there — although they keep sowing doubt in the democratic process anyway.
There are no unexplained meetings of top election authorities. There’s no hard evidence of any unexplained boxes of ballots getting dropped off after midnight at polling locations. In order to actually successfully perpetrate the fraud that the Trump team alleges took place, those behind the scheme could have possibly required the cooperation of: frontline election workers, judges, county canvassing boards, state canvassing boards, local authorities like supervisors of elections, every worker in those supervisors of elections offices who may have come in close contact with the fraudulent information… and the list goes on. Eventually, trying to fact-check the claims from the Trump team feels like trying to fact-check the existence of Santa Claus.
Check out Twitter’s response to Krebs below: