Secret Service agents have one very simple, albeit dangerous, job: to protect the President of the United States, along with other government officials. Politics do not play a role in this job. Secret Service agents are expected to be neutral and unbiased, and to be a professional on the job at all times, regardless of who the president or government official they are protecting may be.
One liberal agent really, really didn’t understand her job. And when she foolishly went public with her incompetence, karma hit her back big time.
Kerry O’Grady is a senior special agent in charge of the Secret Service Denver division. Throughout the election season, she frequently posted to Facebook about her dislike of Donald Trump. But she went too far when she said that she would not be willing to take a bullet for him, even though she holds a senior security role with the Secret Service. In her post, which she published in October, O’Grady wrote that she was officially endorsing Hillary Clinton and that she would go to jail before taking a bullet for Trump.
Her reason? Because she said that Trump’s presidency would be a “disaster” for the country, and for women and minorities in particular. In her post, she mentions the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in some partisan political activities. So she clearly knew exactly what she was getting herself into.
“As a public servant for nearly 23 years, I struggle not to violate the Hatch Act. So I keep quiet and skirt the median,” she wrote. “To do otherwise can be a criminal offense for those in my position. Despite the fact that I am expected to take a bullet for both sides. But this world has changed and I have changed. And I would take jail time over a bullet or an endorsement for what I believe to be disaster to this country and the strong and amazing women and minorities who reside here. Hatch Act be damned. I am with Her.”
The Secret Service didn’t have much sympathy. O’Grady is now under investigation for those posts on social media, and she has also been suspended from her job (with pay). Hopefully, this will serve as a reality check for O’Grady, and if it doesn’t, then she needs to be permanently fired. Being a Secret Service agent doesn’t mean protecting the president only if your political beliefs align. If she doesn’t get that, then she has no business being an agent anymore.
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