Former Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Christopher Krebs slammed President Donald Trump during an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, telling host Margaret Brennan that “the president’s legacy is a heap of ashes” and calling on Trump to resign, The Hill reported.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump fired Krebs after the 2020 election for asserting that voting had been free and fair and that claims of election fraud made by the president and his allies were “wild and baseless.”
Krebs’ latest comments come in the wake of a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob last Wednesday. Lawmakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have pinned the blame for the violence on the president, and Krebs, for his part, seems to be following suit.
“He has to resign”
Speaking Sunday, Krebs referred to the riot as an “attempted coup” and said “there has to be an accountability.”
“There is an opportunity here, I think, to prevent further bloodshed,” he told CBS, according to The Hill. “And I don’t know if the president is capable of doing it, but he has to resign. He has to tell his supporters that he lied to them, that this was all his own fraud. He has to come out.”
Krebs added: “We have to set an example for the rest of the free world that attempted coups, which is what this was, will not be tolerated.”
“A heap of ashes”
Asked by Brennan about the impact of recent social media bans on Trump’s messaging, Krebs doubled down.
“I think at this point, particularly after Wednesday, the president’s legacy is a heap of ashes,” he said, as The Hill reported. “There’s nothing redeemable at this point given the fact that he incited this attempt to overturn democracy, a fair and free election.
“There is an opportunity, though, for a redemption story,” Krebs added. “Again, he can resign. He can tell his supporters that it was all a long — a big con and that he is sorry.”
The former cybersecurity official also suggested that Trump retracting his claims of voter fraud could prevent further “erosion of confidence in democracy over the next four years,” and asserted that Republicans still claiming fraud should give up their allegations, as well. “They have to denounce it, and they have to come back to the middle,” he said, as The Hill reported.
“Smeared 75 million of us”
Krebs’ remarks only lend credence to concerns from conservatives that the tragic events seen on Capitol Hill on Wednesday would hurt their case against what many, including GOP lawmakers and Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro, still believe was widespread fraud in the 2020 elections. On Saturday’s episode of Justice with Judge Jeanine, the Fox host excoriated those involved in the violence, saying:
Did anyone stop the think that with this foolhardy effort to disrupt the congressional hearing, you have smeared 75 million of us because of what you did?
“Seventy-five million of us are still angry about the election,” she pressed, according to The Wrap, “but we don’t storm the Capitol.”