It’s understood that the Secret Service have one of the hardest jobs in the entire country. They are directed to protect one man (and their family) with their lives if the need should arise. That means doing the selfless act of jumping in front of a bullet if they must. However, what if a Secret Service agent abhors the current sitting president?
One would think they have to swallow their opinions, beliefs, overlook the politics, and do their job. One top Secret Service agent, however, has made social media posts that calls that dedication into question.
In a Facebook post obtained by the Washington Examiner, special agent Kerry O’Grady said she saw a Trump presidency as a “disaster” for the US, women, and minorities.
Agents are barred from expressing political opinions under the Hatch Act which restricts their social media usage and what they are allowed to post. However, O’Grady has spent the last seven months expressing her opinions on the election, on Trump, and on the state of the country.
Back in October, she endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and although she did not mention Trump by name, she issued a veiled refusal to take a bullet for him.
‘As a public servant for nearly 23 years, I struggle to not violate the Hatch Act. So I keep quiet and skirt the median. 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 a disaster to this country and the strong and amazing women and minorities who reside here. Hatch Act be damned. I am with Her.’
After a few days, she told the Washington Examiner she removed the post and that she wasn’t implying she would refuse to take a bullet for Trump. She said, “It was an internal struggle for me but as soon as I put it up, I thought it was not the sentiment that I needed to share because I care very deeply about the mission.” She also emphatically insisted she would protect the president, whichever side he or she may belong to. She said, “No, not at all. I firmly believe in this job. I’m proud to do it and we serve the office of the president.”
She also shared she was a victim of sexual assault in college, and she was reacting to the Access Hollywood tapes that revealed Trump talking about grabbing women inappropriately and committing sexual assault.
Despite this, she’s still posted to Facebook her support for the Women’s March in Denver by using the their logo for her Facebook cover. She did this on Inauguration Day. She also posted that she was proud to say she was a nasty woman. Below are screenshots of her Facebook postings, which have since been removed from her Facebook page.
Featured image via Getty Images / Drew Angerer.