Secret Service Agent Kerry O’Grady, a 23-year veteran who is currently serving as Special Agent in charge of the United States Secret Service Denver District, has come under fire for making a series of politically slanted comments on social media against Donald Trump, even going as far to imply she would rather do “jail time” than take a bullet for him
Agent O’Grady started making a series of posts on her Facebook page during the election, each one not mentioning a candidate’s name but clearly making references to her favor for one candidate over the other. In October she made the post that had drawn the attention of her fellow agents, which has since been removed, but the damage was already done as screen grabs were taken and her actions reported.
In her post, O’Grady is clearly referring Donald Trump when she says she “would take jail time over a bullet or an endorsement” for what she considers to be a “disaster to this country.”
At this point she conceivably could have been talking about either Clinton or Trump, but just to make sure that no one confused her intentions, she ended the statement with Hillary Clinton’s most well known campaign slogan of “I Am With Her.”
“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.“
Fortunately, her comments (which are hardly “skirting the median” of the Hatch Act) were screen grabbed and spread on social media, with several people reporting it to Secret Service’s main office.
The Hatch Act that O’Grady is referring to in her post is an act that prohibits Secret Service agents from making political comments in favor of one candidate or party, with the purpose of upholding their unbiased standing in the government and ensure their agents can do their jobs regardless of their political beliefs.
The Washington Examiner reached out to O’Grady for her comments on this matter and, as usual in these circumstances, she admits remorse for her statements (now that she’s be called out for them at least) and totally doesn’t really feel how she told the country she did several months ago.
In a lengthy interview with the Washington Examiner Monday, O’Grady said she took down the post after two to three days of greater reflection and wasn’t trying to imply she wouldn’t take a bullet for Trump or any officials in the Trump administration.
“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 said.
O’Grady repeatedly stressed that she would in no way shirk her duties to protect the president because of her opposition to Trump’s candidacy and support for Clinton.
“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 said.
Really? Is Agent O’Grady just saying that she wouldn’t neglect her duties to protect President Trump because she’s being investigated for her slanted comments, or does she really mean it? Based on her opinions being posted for the entire country to read when there were no outside forces effecting her, as there was no with the Secret Service investigating her comments and backlash like there is now, I’d tend to believe her original statement is how she actually feels.
When asked for comment by the Examiner, the U.S. Secret Service responded: “The USSS is aware of the postings and we are looking into the matter.”
Whether Agent Kerry O’Grady receives any real consequences for her comments or just a slap on the wrist remains to be seen, but in the meantime social media users are calling for to be terminated from the Secret Service (rightfully so).
@MadeleineinDC the SS had to know she was posting this, how does she still have a job?
— Jimni27 (@jimni27) January 24, 2017
— Christopher R Taylor (@KestrelArts) January 24, 2017
@MadeleineinDC Hopefully, she finds unemployment more rewarding than faithfully serving her country.
— Julia Howell (@jrchowell) January 24, 2017
— James Brady (@jbrady_ct) January 24, 2017
Some commenters even suggested that her behavior is setting perceptions of women back, claiming she is enacting a stereotype of being too emotionally rash to handle certain high pressure positions.
I’m eagerly waiting for the moment when President Trump personally calls O’Grady to tell her, “You’re Fired!”