Kerry O’Grady is a Senior Secret Service Agent. She says she does not want to take a bullet for Trump. But her anti-Trump posts have now caused a furor, even though she says she should have a First Amendment right to say something.
UPDATE: Kerry O’Grady has been placed on administrative leave as an investigation into her actions is conducted.
Secret Service and other Federal employees are subject to the Hatch Act. That specifies several codes of conduction, two of them being:
- 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.
Look at these posts:
Her rancor against Trump is open and evident. She not only defied the Hatch Act, but she defines herself as one of the “Nasty ” women of the Women’s March.
She decided to delete her posts after the firestorm erupted. The Secret Service says they are investigating.
According to the Washington Examiner,
O’Grady appears to have removed the pre-election posts after fellow and former Secret Service agents complained to her supervisors and the Office of the Inspector General, according to two sources familiar with the timing of the posts’ removal.
At publishing time, O’Grady released the following statement:
“I serve this country with pride and I proudly diligently and fiercely protect and support the institutions and pillars of our republic established by the very same document that allows my free expression. I do so with every fiber of my being for the very reason that those institutions are in place to guarantee my right and the rights of all our citizens to voice and express our opinions and beliefs even when and especially when those values may be contrary to those of the party in power. My devotion to mission and country is only strengthened by the fact that the founders recognize the value of dissent and the freedom to assemble and voice those opposing convictions.
“They enshrine those rights for future generations so we avoid the path of authoritarian regimes that shackle their people with fear.”
She claims that her aversion to Donald Trump would in no way cause her to shirk her job. Some of us disagree. Any hesitation, even a split second can cost the President his life. She needs to find another line of work.