Since the election of Donald Trump, we’ve seen ugliness, pettiness, nastiness and vitriol. We’ve seen President Trump decreed “Hitlerian,” (word of the year there, Merriam-Webster?), we’ve seen his 10-year-old branded a killer, and we’ve heard his multilingual legal immigrant wife dismissed as a bimbo barely speaking English.
All par for the course when dealing with the left. But, there’s one group of people not having the luxury to wallow in their displeasure: the Secret Service.
As reported by the Washington Examiner:
“A senior U.S. Secret Service agent posted Facebook condemnations of President Trump during the past seven months, including one in which she said she wouldn’t want to “take a bullet” for him.
She explained herself saying she viewed his presidential candidacy as a “disaster” for the country, and especially for women and minorities.
Kerry O’Grady, the special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Denver district, oversees coordination with Washington-based advance teams for all presidential candidate and presidential trips to the area, including all upcoming or future trips by the president, vice president or Trump administration officials.”
The article goes on to share the incendiary post:
“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 Hatch Act Agent O’Grady refers to bars certain civil servants from expressing political views in the press and on social media, as clarified by the Examiner article:
“Secret Service employees are among those federal employees subject to enhanced Hatch Act restrictions, including these two rules:
>May not post a comment to a blog or a social media site that advocates for or against a partisan political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group.
>May not use any email account or social media to distribute, send or forward content that advocates for or against a partisan political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group.”
Though the American taxpayer employs Agent O’Grady, and voted in the target of her animosity, it should be noted that many before her have risen to the level of professionalism to do their jobs, even for “assets” they did not agree with politically.
One only hopes Agent O’Grady will shortly be added to the list of those eating humble pie after unleashing their invective using social media channels, joining Katie Rich, the Saturday Night Live writer currently on suspension for her treatment of Barron Trump, and Matt Lasner, fired from Hunter College for tweeting about the harrassment of Ivanka Trump at the hands of his “husband.”
Yes, elections have consequences…So do our actions.
[Note: This post was written by Marie Stroughter. Follow her on Twitter @MarieStroughter]