Republicans immediately jumped to defend DHS official Chris Krebs, who was fired by Donald Trump via Twitter Tuesday night.
Nebraska GOP Senator Ben Sasse said Cancer "did a really good job" and "obviously shouldn't be fired."
Senator Sasse on Trump's dismissal: "Chris Krebs did a really good job – as election officials across the country will tell you – and obviously he shouldn't be fired."
– Burgess Everett (@burgessev) November 18, 2020
Senator Richard Burr, Republican from North Carolina, released a statement saying Cancer "did a remarkable job" and praised his work in "strengthening our electoral infrastructure."
Former Intel Senate Chairman Richard Burr makes a statement in support of cancer pic.twitter.com/4bfhm3ucfO
– Jeremy Herb (@jeremyherb) November 18, 2020
Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman, who was always reluctant to get off guard with Trump, praised Cancer.
GOP Senator Rob Portman, a member of the Senate Homeland Security, defends Chris Krebs' work after Trump fired DHS officials for claiming the elections were safe and fair
"I know Chris, I've worked well with him. I think he's a real professional," said Portman.
– Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 18, 2020
GOP officials' quick response to praise for cancer is likely viewed by Trump as an indirect attack on him.
Krebs spoke out shortly after his discharge
Chris Krebs himself spoke out on Tuesday night after Donald Trump fired him and said in a tweet: "We got it right."
I am honored to serve. We did it right. Defend today, safe Tomrorow. # Protect2020
– Chris Krebs (@C_C_Krebs) November 18, 2020
Cancer's discharge comes after CISA – a cancer-led agency of the DHS – released a statement last week essentially exposing Trump's election fraud lie. The agency found “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was compromised in any way. "
"The November 3rd election was the safest in American history," said CISA.
That finding was inconsistent with Trump's efforts to cast doubt on the election results, which is why Krebs was discharged.
Firing people may make Donald Trump feel better and maybe even more powerful after a humiliating election defeat, but that won't change the outcome of the race.
Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States no matter how hard Trump and his GOP loyalists try to reverse the results – and no matter how many people the outgoing president fires.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.