Senior U.S. Secret Service member Kerry O’Grady came out and said that she would rather do “jail time” than take “a bullet” for Trump — who is a “disaster to this country,” she wrote in a post obtained by The Washington Examiner. Not surprisingly, O’Grady has been a supporter of Hillary Clinton for president and apparently hasn’t come to terms with the results yet.
O’Grady freely acknowledged that expressing her political beliefs on social media is a violation of the Hatch Act, which prohibits executive branch members, excluding the president, vice president, and other designed officials from making partisan statements.
O’Grady is the Secret Service Agent in charge of the Denver district, where she helps coordinate presidential trips to the area.
According to The Washington Examiner, her post resulted in at least one complaint to the office that investigates the Secret Service members.
Via The Hill “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,” she wrote. “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 post was later deleted by O’Grady. She gave this explanation:
“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 does not, however, seem to have an internal struggle about carrying on with her politically minded social media posts. She has changed her facebook cover photo to an image that promoted the women’s march in Denver and commented, “all of these women represent me! Proud to say it! #nasty.” And at another time “A woman’s place is in the resistance.”
Both comments and images have been removed, following her interview with the Examiner, and she is now saying
“I recognize that the agency is the most important thing to me . . . My government is the most important thing to me. I serve at the pleasure of the president, but I still have the First Amendment right to say things.”
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