WASHINGTON, DC- Hillary Clinton famously treated her Secret Service detail like dirt.
As a matter of fact, Gary Aldrich, who served during the Clinton Administration wrote a best selling book about the experience, “Unlimited Access: An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House.” Apparently, Kamala Harris has already made quite a name for herself in less than five months as vice president.
According to American Thinker, Harris is making life as part of her security detail a “living hell.” The latest incident occurred this past weekend when Harris insisted on inserting herself in the gay pride parade in Washington, D.C.
According to Fox News:
“Vice president Kamala Harris made a surprise appearance at the Pride event in Washington on Saturday, but it was one of her protectors who drew the attention of many Twitter users.
Any time a president or vice president mingles with the public becomes a challenge for those charged with guarding them—simply because the situation is less under security’s control.
Much of the Twitter attention was directed at a Secret Service agent near the vice president, a tall man in sunglasses who was seen behind Harris in photos and videos as she traversed the parade area.”
secret service clearly not happy about protectee going for a walk
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) June 12, 2021
Put it this way—that agent looked none too happy about Harris’s decision to thrust herself into the middle of a large uncontrolled event. Most Secret Service agents tend to be fairly serious during the performance of their duties, so the mere fact he looked somewhat stone-faced may not be telling.
However clearly, Harris going “off script” so to speak created a lot more work for her detail.
Secret Service agents have an enormous responsibility. Theoretically, they are supposed to sacrifice themselves to protect their assigned protectee.
So it is a good probability that Harris deciding to be politically correct and trying to restore her “reputation” with the far left of the Democrat party by hopping into a pride event likely didn’t play too well with her detail.
Secret Service agents are tasked with scanning a crowd, looking for non-verbal cues on the face of people in the crowd, not only in the immediate vicinity but throughout the throng of people.
As American Thinker noted, if it’s a big crowd, that means there are a ton of faces to scan and read intentions off of. It is an enormous, stressful responsibility.
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Likewise, agents are tasked not only with looking in the immediate area of where the protectee is but anywhere back as far as a rifle could be fired, or an incoming aircraft could come from. It’s an enormous task.
According to American Thinker:
“The agents of course have to work in teams for this to cover the entire area for protection. But at least one of them, in this case the tall man described in the story has to be in close enough vicinity to take a bullet, which is why he ended up with all the attention.
Suffice to say, Harris made a lot more work for him by preening and prancing for the cameras in her ‘love is love’ t-shirt as she declared herself ‘making history.’”
Harris of course had a bad week last week, showing herself to be a short-tempered amateur during her “root causes” trip to Central America and Mexico. She needed to do something to distract away from her utter failure on the trip, which even had liberal outlets such as CNN scratching their heads.
“VP Kamala Harris endured a rocky first foreign trip since taking office, with sources telling CNN her two-day swing through Mexico and Guatemala left administration officials quietly perplexed about what they perceive as her bumpy answers to questions” https://t.co/8GvJoz6XKA
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) June 9, 2021
Add to her failure her short-tempered responses to questions from NBC’s Lester Holt, as well as a reporter from Univision and it was important for Harris to save face, at least with the base of the Democrats. So of course, she had to show here “wokeness” by sucking up to the alphabet mob.
Lester Holt: “Why haven’t you been to the border?”
Kamala Harris: “We’ve been to the border.”
Holt: “YOU haven’t been to the border.”
Harris: “…..and I haven’t been to Europe. I don’t understand the point you’re making.”
Holt: “Well Republicans….” pic.twitter.com/vzR4Rf4zjA
— chris evans (@chris_notcapn) June 8, 2021
— rdp24k (@rdp24k) June 11, 2021
Her little foray into the pride event in Washington, DC wasn’t the first time she’s forced the Secret Service to dance around for her.
In February, in yet another photo op, Harris dragged her Secret Service detail along as she went jogging up and down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial with her husband, Doug Emhoff to show off during the display of a portrait of her called “Glass Ceiling Breaker.”
Agents were forced to follow her up and down the stairs as she showed up for the media opportunity.
When Harris was a senator, she misused plain-clothes Los Angeles Police Department police officers as her own private security detail as she traipsed around California cities outside of LA to event such as public events, media appearances and a party.
American Thinker said Los Angeles taxpayers were on the hook for over $28,000 to pay for airline tickets, hotel stays, car rentals, and meals, according to expense reports obtained by NBC News at the time. That figure does not include officers’ overtime. The total costs were close to $50,000.
Harris is just falling in line behind Hillary Clinton, who famously treated her Secret Service detail like indentured servants.
According to Ronald Kessler, who wrote “First Family Detail,” Clinton was “rude to agents, and she didn’t appear to like law enforcement or the military,” according to former Secret Service agent Lloyd Bulman. He said she acted “like you were beneath her.”
Another former agent, Jeff Crane said that Clinton “would cuss at Secret Service drivers for going over bumps,” said, “she never talked to us…Most all members of first families would talk to us and smile. She never did that.” Color us “shocked.”
The late President Ronald Reagan once refused to fly home during the Christmas holidays because of the negative burden it would place on his security detail, who would be unable to spend the holidays with their families.
Harris on the other hand likes to make more work for her security detail, acts “like a spoiled rich woman for whom money is no object.” Because it isn’t…she isn’t paying the taxpayers are.
Harris is a legend in her own mind. Everything she does is an attempt to make herself look better. Too bad for her it isn’t working.
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