On Saturday, March 12, Secret Service agents jumped into action, surrounding presidential candidate Donald Trump, when a man tried to rush the stage.
The agents did their job. Cover the protectee, and evacuate, if necessary. The man was apprehended, the threat was eliminated, and Trump carried on.
Clint Hill noted in a Facebook post that the agents quick reaction was necessary and appropriate. He said, “Great work, guys.”
Hundreds of people “liked” the post and made comments like Camille Kelly who wrote, “Mr. Hill, incidents like this make me realize what a difficult job you had. . . GOD bless you and all the secret agents that make America safe.”
What surprised me were the comments by a small minority who turned this political. One person commented, “Too bad they have to guard this horrible man.” That one comment sparked a litany of responses from people who felt they needed to use Mr. Hill’s Facebook page to air their political views—both strongly for and against Mr. Trump. Some comments were even uglier, with one person saying, “Should of let the protesters get him, all he is is trouble maker.”
The point is, Secret Service agents on all protective details put their own lives on the line not because they endorse one candidate or political party over another, but because that is their job. Their job is not to judge, but to protect.
There’s no doubt our country is divided –perhaps more divided than ever before in recent history—but one thing I am thankful for is that we have brave men and women who put our country above politics, pressure, and even self to protect the freedoms on which our country is based. Thank God for the men and women of the U.S. Secret Service.