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Reagan daughter slaps Trump for refusing to pay Secret Service agents ‘willing to take a bullet for him’

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Writing in the Washington Post, Patti Davis, the daughter of former President Ronald Reagan, lashed out at Donald Trump for refusing to pay the Secret Service during the government shutdown as he continues his quest to get congressional funding for his border wall.

Recalling the attempted assassination of her father, she reminded the president that the agents of the Secret Service are “willing to take a bullet for him” but that he apparently couldn’t care less about their lives.

Davis explained that, after her father was elected she was greeted by her Secret Serice team leader who told her, “These guys have to put themselves between you and danger. They literally have to take a bullet for you.”

“I’ve thought about his words often lately, as President Trump has huffed and puffed about the government shutdown, threatening to let it go on for months, even years,” Davis wrote. “I thought about it when he described being alone in the White House over Christmas and looking out at men with machine guns. He made a quip about the machine guns — trying, I guess, to be funny. But there is nothing funny about this shutdown. The agents protecting him and his family are showing up, without pay, for a job in which the central theme is: If bullets fly, step in front of them.”

“He has not said a word about what is happening to these agents because of the government shutdown, which he said he would own,” she continued. “These are men and women with families, with bills to pay, who went through rigorous training to be accepted into the Secret Service, who are serious and dedicated, and don’t deserve to be treated as indentured servants whose livelihoods are immaterial.”

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Davis writes that people are often judged by how they treat others — and that Trump has a history of showing he doesn’t care about anyone but himself.

“Wouldn’t it be nice if the president of the United States showed some empathy for the agents whose job it is to protect him?” Davis summed up. “But then that would indicate he is a person who cares, and he’s spent decades demonstrating that he doesn’t.”

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Thomas' crime? She had too many items for the express checkout line.

Today I was verbally assaulted in the grocery store by a white man who told me I was a lazy SOB and to go back to where I came from bc I had to many items in the express lane. My husband wasn’t there to defend me because he is on Active Duty serving the country I came from USA!

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