She wouldn’t (and won’t) take a bullet for our President, which is her job, but she would get fired and face jail time for a Facebook post and violating a federal law.
American Secret Service agents put their lives on the line for the President. However, this election cycle seemed to unearth suppressed feelings among Secret Service agents, especially with one of the nation’s top agents, Chief Kerry O’Grady of the Denver district in Colorado. She had this to say:
“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 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.” -Secret Service Agent Kerry O’Grady
Those who side with Hillary might applaud or defend O’Grady’s freedom of speech to do so, but here’s the catch: Secret Service members must agree to restrictions when they join the force.
First, they may never comment or post to a blog or social media that propagandizes for or against a political group, candidate for a party, or the party itself. They may never utilize an email address or social media account to send out or forward material that propagandizes for or against a political group, candidate for a party, or the party itself, a system that is supposed to already apply to all government workers while on the job.
O’Grady also says, “I struggle not to violate the Hatch Act”, which is a federal law that prohibits employees from engaging in certain forms of political activity except for the president, vice-president, and certain high-level officials of the executive branch.
In the end, O’Grady deleted the post upon its discovery by the media. O’Grady claims that she will in fact perform her duties in protection of the President, but it might be too late, as it cannot be assumed the President and his family will be safe in her presence.
What will the Secret Service do? We can only hope they will respond in the same way President Trump did for 13 seasons of his hit reality show — by saying “you’re fired”.