A U.S. Secret Service agent decried President Donald Trump during his campaign, and said in an October Facebook post that she would not take a bullet for him.
According to the Washington Examiner, Kerry O’Grady, a special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Denver district, made multiple public criticisms of Trump on Facebook over the past seven months. In one post, she said she would rather go to jail than “take a bullet” for Trump.
In the post obtained by the Examiner, she wrote:
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. 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.
O’Grady, who supported Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, decried Trump’s “sexism” in other Facebook posts as well, the Examiner reported.
In her position, O’Grady overseas presidential trips and presidential candidate trips with Washington-based advance teams. That includes, the Examiner reported, upcoming trips by the president, vice president and members of the administration.
In an interview with the Examiner, O’Grady said that she eventually removed the Facebook post, since she did not want to imply that she would not take a bullet for Trump or anyone in his 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,” O’Grady said.
She said that as someone who was sexually assaulted in college, her post was an emotional reaction to the leaked audio recording from 2005 of Trump speaking crudely about women and bragging about “grabbing” them by the genitals.
She said she had a “very emotional reaction to what was said” on the recording.
“But I recognize that the agency is the most important thing to me. My government is the most important thing to me,” O’Grady told the Examiner. “I serve at the pleasure of the president, but I still have the First Amendment right to say things.”
The Examiner reported that at least one person complained about the Facebook posts to the Secret Service.
A spokesperson for the Secret Service told the Examiner that the agency “is aware of the postings and we are looking into the matter.”