Last Monday, Trump attorney Joe diGenova appeared on The Howie Carr Show and called for the death of Chris Krebs, a former cybersecurity official who was fired by President Trump for rejecting claims of voter fraud. 

“Anybody who thinks the election went well, like that idiot Krebs who used to be the head of cybersecurity,” diGenova said. “That guy is a class A moron. He should be drawn and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot.” 

These comments were in response to a statement released by Krebs’s agency: “The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. …There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.” 

Later on 60 Minutes, Krebs stood by his statement. 

The following day, diGenova tried to dodge the consequences of his remarks. “For anyone listening to The Howie Carr Show, it was obvious that my remarks were sarcastic and made in jest. I, of course, wish Mr. Krebs no harm. This was hyperbole in a political discourse,” his Tuesday statement read. 

White House Director of Strategic Communications Alyssah Farah condemned diGenova, calling the statement “wildly inappropriate.” 

Wednesday, the Gridiron Club — a 135-year-old club primarily for Washington journalists but hosts an annual formal dinner of includes political luminaries — put pressure on diGenova to resign.  

“We were dismayed by his comments and we felt that they were, on top of everything else, just antithetical to what the club is about,” said club president Craig Gilbert. “It’s a social club — we’re all about fellowship and good will.”

I’m glad that diGenova was condemned by people on the right and left.

This type of behavior is unacceptable from either side. Nobody should issue threats to someone for disagreeing with the president, especially those working closely with him. Wishing death to someone with a differing opinion is much more egregious than publicly disagreeing with the president. 

We need to stop this sort of rhetoric.

Hat Tip: CNN

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About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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