One thing that’s always baffled me is that Donald Trump receives special privileges that have been denied to others. For example, President Bill Clinton was forced to sit down and testify to Special Counsel Ken Starr, who was investigating if the president had received oral sex from a beret-wearing intern. Donald Trump only had to submit written answers to questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was investigating if Trump had colluded with Russia during his presidential campaign, which is obviously less serious than an Oval Office blowjob.
My inability to understand why Trump gets away with shit that others can’t is just a small part of my wider failure to understand why anyone goes full MAGA. Why do people join the cult? I don’t get it and I never will.
You think you know someone and believe they’re a rational person, and then one day after knowing them for decades, they start chanting “build the wall” and saying stupid shit like, “Let’s go, Brandon.”
The Secret Service is supposed to be nonpartisan. They protect the president, his family, and other officials no matter what party they’re a member of and no matter what their positions are on any subject. The Secret Service’s job is to protect, not serve as part of the administration. They don’t help with policy or politics. They don’t sell the president’s plans to the public. Yet, one Secret Service agent was allowed to take a leave of absence so he could join the Trump administration and then return to his former position in the Secret Service.
Anthony Ornato was the Deputy Assistant Director of the Secret Service and the agent in charge of Trump’s protective detail until he took a leave of absence to become Trump’s Deputy Chief of Staff. Like most things in the Trump administration, this was unprecedented. But just like the Emoluments Clause, this too was ignored.
Donald Trump was allowed to bilk the government. He was allowed to keep his private company. He was allowed to own a hotel on government property. He was allowed to charge the government rent on his properties. He was allowed to award medals during the Republican National Convention. He was allowed to hold the convention on the White House Lawn. He was allowed to shoot off fireworks at the Washington Monument at the end of the Republican National Convention. Maybe if previous presidents didn’t have ethics either, then they could have demanded and gotten away with devious shit too.
A Secret Service agent revealing he had gone full MAGA was like the time the White House physician claimed Donald Trump was in such perfect health that he could live to be 200 years old.
Ornato has served in the Secret Service since 1997 and had a very distinguished career…then he went full MAGA. He helped organize Trump’s upside-down Bible photo-op at St. John’s Church after the Black Lives Matter protesters were cleared out by the military using smoke bombs and tear gas.
Ornato also witnessed the exchange between Trump and his driver, Secret Service agent Mike Engel, who according to Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony to the January 6 Committee, Trump had lunged at to force him to drive to the Capitol on January 6. Since we’re questioning the integrity of the Secret Service, it should be noted that Engel didn’t report the incident to his superiors for over 14 months.
The Secret Service protects the president, but this Secret Service appears to be protecting MAGA. Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig characterized Engel and Ornato as “very, very close to President (sic) Trump.” During an interview with MSNBC promoting her book on the Secret Service, “Fuckers and the Evil Fucking Shit they Fuck with,” (I made that up) she said “some people accused them of at times being enablers and ‘yes men’ of the president — particularly Tony Ornato — and very much people who wanted to … see him pleased.” Leonnig said there was a large contingent of Trump’s Secret Service detail that wanted Biden to fail and some “took to their personal media accounts to cheer on the insurrection and the individuals riding up to the Capitol as patriots.”
Then, the Secret Service lost every text message between agents that were sent and received on January 6.
The Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security, Joseph Cuffari, sent a letter to the House and Senate Homeland Security committees reporting the texts the messages from January 5 and 6, 2021 “were erased as part of a device-replacement program,” adding they were deleted after the inspector general had requested records of Secret Service electronic communications as part of a review of events leading up to the January 6 insurrection.
What we need is a Secret Service replacement program.
The Secret Service is outraged at the idea they’d purposely delete text messages and be a part of Donald Trump’s coverup. They issued a statement saying, “the insinuation that the Secret Service maliciously deleted text messages following a request is false.” And then they told the Inspector that none of the text being sought had been lost in the migration.”
Well, here’s the thing: If they’re lost, then how do you know none of them are what the Inspector General is seeking? Hmm? These are not the droids you’re looking for?
This doesn’t pass the smell test. In fact, when the migration of data was coming up, the Secret Service told its agents they could pick and choose which text messages needed to be saved. They told a bunch of corrupt Trumpers they could make the decision on which information to preserve from the day Donald Trump tried to overthrow the government. So naturally, it’s just a coincidence they happened to lose all the texts during a white nationalist MAGA insurrection.
Now, get this: James Murray, the Director of the Secret Service, is retiring and taking a job in the private sector. Where in the private sector is he going? He’s joining Snap Chat to become its Chief Security Officer. Do you know what the main feature of Snap Chat is? The messages are automatically deleted after a short time. Snap Chat is perfect for sending pics of your penis and planning insurrections.
Did Murray list the lost insurrection texts on the resume he supplied to the Snap fuckers? “Accomplishments: Oversaw program of deleting text that was evidence of a full-scale seditious attempt by white nationalist goons to destroy American democracy and install an unelected Cheeto-Potentate as a fascist mango dictator. Let’s go, Brandon.” You’re hired!
I assume Secret Service agents have to take an oath. There’s probably some mention in that oath about loyalty and serving their country. Maybe they just forgot about the oath or maybe they were lying when they took it. It’s disgusting to think of the Secret Service as a bunch of Steve Bannons.
Secret Service agents should respect our government and constitution. They should understand they are protecting the president more than they’re serving an individual human being, especially one as vile, corrupt, and flawed as Donald Trump. I don’t understand why people who’ve committed their lives to an agency serving their country abandon everything switch their loyalty to a racist cult.
The Secret Service is too secret. They need to answer questions about January 6. They need to answer questions about their own actions. If they want to be more Ronnie Jacksons, then leave your government positions. Serve America, not MAGA. This is another warning sign that our democracy is fragile. If the Secret Service helps engineer a coup, we could lose everything.
Secret Service agents should not be part of coups and coverups.
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