Why? Because Krebs was fired for telling the truth.
Which is a statement of fact. There simply have not been any proven instances of foreign interference in the 2020 election or malicious malfunctioning of voting machines in the country. None.
And yet, Krebs still got fired. For doing his job. Because our current President lives in a fantasy world where he believes there was widespread voter fraud.
(Sidebar: Krebs’ statement didn’t even address voter fraud. He was simply talking about the election being safe from foreign interference or widespread malfunctions among voting systems. But I digress …)
If you are fine with Trump firing Krebs, what you are saying is that the truth is immaterial. That the whims of a leader trump facts. Down this road — and it’s not even that slippery of a slope — lies nothing good. And in fact, a lot of very scary things.
The removal of Krebs is in keeping with Trump’s broader approach to the government during his time in office — an approach that has accelerated, in no good ways, since his defeat was projected 11 days ago. Trump operates as though the entire federal bureaucracy is his personal plaything and needs to support him no matter what he says or does. So he rages at the Justice Department for not bringing investigations that could be politically damaging to his opponents. He refers to “my military” and “my generals.” And he demands that people within the government support his wild and often factually incorrect views or be labeled as insufficiently loyal and fired.
I’ve been resistant to labeling Trump an authoritarian or someone with clear dictatorial inclinations. But the final days of his administration are characterized by just those tendencies: An obsession with victory at all costs, the erasure of truth and fact and the elimination of dissenting voices.
It’s all awful. It’s deeply anti-democratic. And unfortunately, all signs point to it getting worse between now and January 20, 2021.