An attorney for the Trump campaign on Monday issued a call for violence against Chris Krebs, a former cybersecurity official who was unceremoniously ousted from his post by President Donald Trump after he rejected the President’s unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud.
Joe diGenova, an attorney for Trump’s campaign, said during an appearance on “The Howie Carr Show”: “Anybody who thinks the election went well, like that idiot Krebs who used to be the head of cybersecurity. That guy is a class A moron. He should be drawn and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot.”
Tim Miller writes at The Bulwark:
This is not just a random Parler troll trying to get attention. This is an attorney speaking on behalf of the President of the United States’ re-election campaign. And while it may read like a macabre joke, the direct nature of diGenova’s comments make it impossible to interpret as anything other than a real wish/threat against a public servant for offering truthful testimony.
DiGenova’s execution wishcasting comes on the heels of a Krebs interview with 60 Minutes in which he debunked the Trump team’s outlandish and conspiratorial claims about the election. Krebs is a lifelong Republican who Trump put in charge of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which had oversight of election security. (Trump fired Krebs via tweet.)
This is nuts, dangerous & a death threat made by President Trump’s lawyer Joe DiGenova who called for the execution of fmr Homeland Security Official Chris Krebs who said the election was the “most secure in U.S. history” & then was fired by the President https://t.co/HBxsuIiNOC
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) December 1, 2020
So @TeamTrump still has not disavowed and/or fired Joe diGenova for his dangerous comments (in an official capacity) about Chris Krebs.
A source told @Acosta earlier tonight that diGenova is still believed to be helping Rudy Giuliani in challenging the election results …
— Zachary Cohen (@ZcohenCNN) December 1, 2020