A cybersecurity expert, who rose to notoriety after President Donald Trump fired him, says the Department of Homeland Security never claimed that no fraud happened in the election.
Christopher Krebs, former head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, took to Twitter to refute the rumors shortly after his firing. “Rumor Control: I never claimed there wasn’t fraud in the election, [because] that’s not CISA’s job—it’s a law enforcement matter. We did provide info on measures election officials use to prevent and detect dead voters, tho [sic]. Don’t buy it. And think 2x before sharing,”
Before Kreb’s firing, the CISA and several other agencies released a statement. In it, they called the 2020 election “the most secure in U.S history,” defending the voting systems against rumors of impropriety. “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” the statement read.
Mainstream media quickly locked onto the document, and the comments quickly disseminated among the left-leaning media establishment. However, few bothered to report nuances that undermined their narrative.
First, as he recently attested, Krebs never said election fraud did not happen. Second, Dominion Voting Systems sits on one of the CISA councils that put out the statement. It is a company at the center of a ground-breaking voter fraud controversy. This creates a seemingly consequential conflict of interest that was conveniently omitted from mainstream media.
CISA Chief’s Revelation
It’s safe to assume that President Trump wasn’t happy with the CISA chief’s revelation. Trump’s campaign and his Republican allies are pushing election officials and the Justice Department, in some cases, to investigate dozens of voter fraud allegations pouring in from contested swing states.
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The CISA memo directly contradicted the Trump Campaign’s narrative. Also, the president doesn’t have a history of responding amiably to dissension in the ranks. On Tuesday, Trump took to Twitter to announce his decision regarding Krebs.
“The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 Election was highly inaccurate, in that there were massive improprieties and fraud – including dead people voting, Poll Watchers not allowed into polling locations, ‘glitches’ in the voting machines which changed…votes from Trump to Biden, late voting, and many more,” Trump wrote. “Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency,” he then added.
Krebs didn’t respond to requests for comments immediately after his firing, but he tweeted shortly after. He wrote, “Honored to serve. We did it right.”
Mainstream Media’s Coverage
The mainstream media’s coverage of Krebs’s firing reads like an obituary for a fallen war hero. In fact, some Trump advisors were against terminating Krebs for fear of turning him into a martyr for the left. It seems they were right. Democrats and their media allies are already painting the decision as a shockingly egregious assault on our democracy.
“Christopher Krebs is a deeply respected cybersecurity expert who worked diligently to safeguard our elections,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in a statement. “Instead of rewarding this patriotic service, the president has fired Director Krebs for speaking truth to power and rejecting Trump’s campaign of election falsehoods,” she then added.
However, Krebs’s efforts don’t seem to line up with a legitimate defense of Democracy. He was eager to rather arrogantly soak up the praise from celebrities on Twitter. He commented on a supportive post from actor Mark Hamill, who famously played Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. In it, he said, “In defending democracy, do or do not, there is no try. This is the way.”
Despite Krebs’s eagerness to claim his title as a “defender of democracy,” his actions don’t seem to line up with his own self-serving narrative. The democratic process requires full transparency to be effective. With this, Krebs’s efforts to undermine investigations into legitimate claims of voter fraud hardly seems like it would be beneficial to America’s democratic process.
Krebs and the Tech Sector
A former long-haired Microsoft programmer with a penchant for colorful socks, Krebs had a lengthy career in Silicon Valley before accepting President Trump’s nomination to serve as head of the CISA. As CISA director, he also received credit for bridging divides between the private and public sectors. It serves as a feat that Krebs’s vast network of Silicon Valley contacts undoubtedly oiled.
The tech sector has notoriously radical, left-leaning political views. Given this, it doesn’t take a leap of faith to suspect that Silicon Valley’s political views may have rubbed off on the former CISA director. In fact, the left has almost psychopathic intolerance of opposing political views. With that, it’s likely that Krebs wouldn’t have gotten as far as he has without carrying some sympathies for left-leaning politics.
Regardless of whether Christopher Krebs, the mainstream media, or the DNC likes it, voters have questions and they deserve answers. Krebs did his best to portray his comments as an innocuous defense of the U.S. election system. However, really, this was a play to disrupt and undermine the president’s narrative. As a presidential appointee, Trump had every right to fire Krebs for his behavior.
According to White House Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Krebs’s statement was a clear example of his ineptitude. “You say that this was the most secure election in American history, as the president rightly pointed out, that may be true from a standpoint of foreign interference,” she said, but “to come out and say it’s the most secure election in American history, that’s just not an accurate statement, and it seems like a partisan attempt to just hit back at the president as he pursues important litigation.”
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