Veterans of the U.S. Secret Service, the agency responsible for protecting the President of the United States and members of his family, expressed to Fox News their amazement at an active agent’s declaration that she would go to jail rather than take a bullet for Donald Trump.
You may have heard about Kerry O’Grady, the agent in charge of the Denver, Co. office, who wrote in a Facebook post back in October that she would not do her job and defend Trump if he was elected president:
“As a public servant for nearly 23 years, I struggle not to 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 disaster to this country and the strong and amazing women and minorities who reside here. Hatch Act be damned. I am with Her.”
Notably, O’Grady also expressed her support for Hillary Clinton in the post.
The Hatch Act to which O’Grady refers is a law that bans certain federal employees from engaging in public, partisan political activity or expression.
Gary Byrne, a former agent who spent 12 years on the job, expressed to Fox his disbelief over O’Grady’s social media post.
“It is unheard of and unbelievable that someone at her level would comment publicly on being unwilling to protect the president,” said Byrne. “Everyone has their own personal political opinions, but this job is not personal. You take an oath to the country, not the person. You are protecting the office, and what makes the country great.”
Another agent, Dan Emmett, now retired, told Fox that “in my view, O'Grady can no longer function with any degree of credibility as an agent and should retire or be dismissed by the Secret Service.”
Continuing, Emmett said, “Her stated refusal or unwillingness to do what all Secret Service agents have been willing and expected to do since 1902 when the Secret Service began protecting presidents presents the worst possible example for her agents as well as all young agents Service wide. She has at this point rendered herself completely irrelevant as an agent. Few will be willing to work for her or with her.”
Although a spokesman for the agency has said that “the U.S. Secret Service is aware of the postings and the agency is taking quick and appropriate action,” it is not known at this time what discipline O’Grady will face.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large