A Secret Service agent in Denver, CO wrote a Facebook post basically saying that she'd rather go to jail than "take a bullet" for President Trump, although she never mentions him by name. Oh, and this was before he was President Trump, as the post was written on October 9, according to the Examiner.
The agent is Kerry O'Grady, a senior officer in charge of the Secret Service's Denver office. Her full post read,
As a public servant for nearly 23 years, I struggle not to 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.
In an interview with the Examiner, O'Grady said that at the time she posted it, she'd just found out about Donald Trump's fondness for "grab[bing] [women] by the pussy." (You remember, the highlight of the altogether charming leaked Access Hollywood tapes.)
This would not necessarily be an incendiary post were it not for the fact that Secret Service agents are required by law to remain unbiased. Federal employees are subject to the Hatch Act (named for Senator Carl Hatch) of 1939, which prevents certain types of political activities.
For Secret Service employees the restrictions are enhanced, meaning the addition of two rules: the person is not allowed to email about or post content about anything that's either for or against a partisan political group, or even comment on any blog or social media site about a partisan political group.
Although she took it down after a few days, O'Grady's post had already been reported by someone (her Facebook followers included current as well as former Secret Service agents and employees at the time). A source told the Examiner that the Secret Service received a complaint about the post on October 11.
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 also gave the following statement to the Examiner:
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.
When asked by the Examiner if she felt that expressing her opinions about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would have an effect on her job performance, she answered, "I hope you understand that's an emphatic no and I need to make sure that's resoundingly clear and just reinforces that this job needs to done well."