For all that we progressives had warned in dire terms about fascism and about the right's attempted assaults on our liberties, only now under Trump is it feeling real. Where once the right gave tax cuts for the rich and cuts in social programs for the poor, yet we never really tasted fascism. Yes an Alito and a Rehnquist felt onerous in our democracy and Cheney/Bush went too far as much as they could, only now under Trump is it truly getting scary.
The Trump administration tramples our democracy openly and it is only just beginning but here we see the real face of fascism staring back at us. They seek to make people afraid to speak out, to oppose the agenda, afraid to hold to an ethical stance instead of giving way. That is what happened here... these mass firings will make people in government much more afraid to oppose Trumpism. These firings are so odious and worse so obvious an attempt to intimidate that the word will go out that the truth will not save you.
In short the guiding principle of fascist bullying is now in play... the truth won't save you!