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12,000+ Tweets about Assassinating Trump Create Challenge for Secret Service

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Since Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day, more than 12,000 people have tweeted “assassinate Trump,” causing a headache for the Secret Service.

Some of the tweets are jokes or hyperbolic, but some are serious, Mashable reports. 

But it’s unclear how serious the Secret Service is taking the tweets.

There are reports of agents arriving at the homes of social media users, including a Kentucky woman who tweeted, “If someone was cruel enough to assassinate MLK, maybe someone will be kind enough to assassinate Trump.” 

An Ohio man was charged with making threats to Trump following several tweets about killing the Republican on election night. 

“It’s the people who have a true and genuine intent to do harm that the Secret Service is worried about,” said former U.S. Secret Service special agent Tim Franklin, who is now a criminology and criminal justice professor.

Secret Service Agent Placed on Leave for Saying She Wouldn’t Take Bullet for Trump

Special Agent Kerry O’Grady.

Special Agent Kerry O’Grady.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Secret Service agent who said she would not take a bullet for President Trump has been placed on administrative leave.

Kerry O’Grady, the special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Denver district, alarmed her colleagues by statements on Facebook.

In October, she posted on Facebook: “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 her Facebook post after two or three days, the New York Post reports. 

“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 said.

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Veterans of Secret Service Admonish Agent Who Won’t Take Bullet for President Trump

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Veterans of the Secret Service said they were stunned to learn an agent based in Denver said she would not take a bullet for President Trump.

Gary Byrne, who protected President Clinton and the Oval Office, told Fox News that he was astonished by Special Agent Kerry O’Grady’s statements on Facebook. 

“It is unheard of and unbelievable that someone at her level would comment publicly on being unwilling to protect the president,” said Byrne, author of “Crisis of Character.” “Everyone has their own personal political opinions, but this job is not personal. You take an oath to the country, not the person. You are protecting the office, and what makes the country great.”

Retired Secret Service Agent Dan Emmett, author of “Within Arms Length” and “I Am a Secret Service Agent,” also admonished O’Grady.

“Her stated refusal or unwillingness to do what all Secret Service agents have been willing and expected to do since 1902 when the Secret Service began protecting presidents presents the worst possible example for her agents as well as all young agents Service wide. She has at this point rendered herself completely irrelevant as an agent. Few will be willing to work for her or with her.”

The Secret Service pledged to take “appropriate action” after her Facebook post came to the agency’s attention.

Secret Service Investigating Kentucky woman Over Assassination Tweet

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is investigating a Kentucky woman after she tweeted for someone to be “kind enough” to assassinate President Trump, the New York Times reports. 

“If someone was cruel enough to assassinate MLK, maybe someone will be kind enough to assassinate Trump. #bekind #trump #lovetrumpshate,” Heather Lowrey, of Louisville, tweeted Jan. 17 — three days before Trump was sworn in as the 45th President as the United States.

Lowery’s Twitter account later disappeared.

She tweeted: “If someone was cruel enough to assassinate MLK, maybe someone will be kind enough to assassinate Trump.”

The Secret Service interviewed the 26-year-old and are still investigating the tweet.

“Any time threatening communications like that are made, we always conduct an investigation,” an agent told the Courier-Journal.

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Huffington Post Reporter Under FBI Investigation for Twitter ‘Joke’

fbi-logBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Huffington Post editor who joked about “destroying Trump ballots” at a Washington D.C. voting site is under investigation by the FBI, the journalist wrote. 

On Halloween, Nick Baumann tweeted, “I love my job working at a voting site in washington dc destroying trump ballots.”

A day later, Baumann said his tweet was “a joking reference” to the conspiracies peddled by Trump supporters that a man was destroying Trump ballots.

On Nov. 4, Bauman said the FBI called him, but he never called back because he thought it was a prank call. A day later, the FBI called again.

“The reason I’m calling is — I can’t give you too many details over the phone — we recently received some complaints regarding some online postings that were made. I don’t know if you know what that’s in reference to, but would you be willing to sit down with us for a couple minutes tomorrow morning by chance?” the agent asked, according to Baumann.

“I know this may sound ridiculous, but when we receive complaints we have to follow them up no matter what,” the federal agent added.

There has been no meeting, but Baumann wrote, “The investigation is ongoing.”

Secret Service May Urge Trump to Relinquish His Twitter Account

Donald TrumpBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

“Delete your Twitter account” is a common response to President-elect Donald Trump’s sometimes head-scratching tweets that criticize the media, Saturday Nigh Live and even China.

Many Trump supporters praise the president-elect for speaking what’s on his mind without a filter.

But the Secret Service may request that Trump relinquish the Twitter account after he is sworn into office, the New York Daily News reports. 

“That’s going to be up to him, the Secret Service and others who have to help decide those issues,” Kellyanne Conway said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“I will tell you that the President-elect looks at his social media accounts, a combined 25 million or probably more at this point users on Twitter on Facebook as a very good platform for which to convey his messages,” she said. “But he’s a unique person who’s been following his instincts and his judgment from the beginning.”

Many critics fear that Trump’s impulsivity on Twitter could endanger himself and the country.

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Secret Service Investigated Ohio Man Who Wrote ‘Kill Trump’ on Facebook

1129-sub-trump-threat-facebook-7By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Secret Service agents investigated a man who appeared to threaten the life of President-elect Donald Trump.

Law enforcement officials confirmed to TMZ that the Secret Service and deputies in Greene County, Ohio, met Monday with a man who posted, “kill Trump” on Facebook.

Agents asked the man if he was serious, and he responded, “Not unless he starts going door-to-door rounding up people like he says.”

The Secret Service determined he was not a serious threat.

FBI Director James Comey Blames Twitter for ‘Monster of Bias’

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey said Americans’ trust in government institutions is eroding because of “echo chambers” like Twitter.

“My children, again, discipline me not to go on Twitter because apparently people say bad things about me on Twitter. But things like Twitter offer us the opportunity only to encounter views consistent with our own, 24 hours a day,” Comey explained at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event Wednesday, Politico reports. “There’s an opportunity to feed that monster of a bias, that confirmation bias, all the time. So it accelerates that fractionalizing of our society, and it makes it much harder for people like me, like you, like the people in here, to speak reason to folks about our institutions.”

Comey didn’t directly mention the Hillary Clinton investigation, but eluded to it.

Twitter has become an outlet for GOP attacks against the FBI’s decision against charging Clinton for her use of a private email server as secretary of state.

“I’m not going to talk about the email investigation but I see some of the things people say about this thing, I’m like, ‘really?’ But it becomes truth to so many people. And I don’t know how to unring that bell,” he said. “So I do think it’s become enormously challenging for people in institutions that depend upon the trust of the citizens to recapture trust where it’s been lost, explain ourselves in a way that allows them to resist demagoguery or the Twitterverse.”

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