The Secret Service agent who posted on Facebook that she would not "take a bullet" for President Donald Trump has been expelled from the Association of Former Agents U.S. Secret Service (AFAUSSS).
Kerry O'Grady, 46, had been an associate member of the organization, according to the Washington Examiner. Members were notified via email on Jan. 25 that the board of directors had unanimously voted to revoke O'Grady's membership.
"By 12:00N January 25, 2017, a motion was made by me and seconded and given to the Board of Directors to address the expulsion of Associate Member O'Grady," AFAUSSS President Jan Gilhooly wrote, according to the Washington Examiner. "O'Grady] engaged in conduct deemed by a majority of the Board to be detrimental to the Association of the U.S. Secret Service."
"I urge all members to remember that this now constitutes a 'Personnel Action' and as such the Agency is precluded from discussing certain information outside of their officials," the email continued. "Thank you to all who made your feelings on this issue known."
Before being officially expelled, O'Grady had tried to access the organization's website but found that she couldn't do so because of "the nature of concern and comments by members and after personal examination."
The comments in question were posted to O'Grady's Facebook page in October, according to the Washington Examiner:
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.
O'Grady removed the post after a few days, when she says she realized the weight of what she'd written.
"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 told the Washington Examiner.
She indicated that her post was a reaction to news that Trump had boasted about groping women during a conversation with "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush in 2005. O'Grady says she was a victim of sexual assault in college and therefore had "a very emotional reaction" to Trump's comments.
"But I recognize that the agency is the most important thing to me," she said. "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."
Following the election, O'Grady published other Facebook posts in which she was critical of Trump and his cabinet selections. Another post expressed support for anti-Trump protesters. All of the posts have since been deleted.