Hillary Clinton seems to be a bad influence on people around her.
It has been reported for years that the former secretary of state was abusive to Secret Service agents assigned to protect her while she was first lady and during her presidential campaigns.
Apparently that attitude has rubbed off on at least one of Clinton’s most senior, longtime aides: Huma Abedin.
Ronald Kessler, who wrote “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents,” writes in The Daily Mail that Abedin was at times dismissive of reasonable orders from agents and at other times treated them like her personal servants.
Of Clinton, Kessler wrote in The Mail:
While Hillary Clinton claims she will be the champion of the little people if elected, the truth is that behind the scenes she is so nasty and abusive toward her own Secret Service detail and treats them with such contempt that being assigned to Hillary’s detail is considered a form of punishment within the Security Service.
Like boss, like employee: Abedin can be equally arrogant, Kessler reported.
He said that while researching his book, a former female agent recalled the senior aide’s getting lost while driving Chelsea Clinton to a February 2008 Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles.
“She was belligerent and angry about being late for the event,” the former agent told Kessler. “No appreciation for any of it, not a thank-you or anything. That was common for her people to be rude.”
While agents are not supposed to carry luggage, they will do so as a courtesy if they like a female protectee, such as Lynne Cheney or Rosalynn Carter.
But with Abedin, ‘the agents were just like, ‘Hey, you’re going to be like that? Well, you get your own luggage to the car. Oh, and by the way, you can carry the first lady’s luggage to the car, too.’
‘She’d have four bags, and we’d stand there and watch her and say, ‘Oh, can we hold the door open for you?’ . . .
. . .’There’s not an agent in the service who wants to be in Hillary’s detail,’ a current agent says. ‘If agents get the nod to go to her detail, that’s considered a form of punishment among the agents. She’s hard to work around, she’s known to snap at agents and yell at agents and dress them down to their faces, and they just have to be humble and say, ‘Yes ma’am,’ and walk away.’
At a different Los Angeles event, a female agent who didn’t know who Abedin was stopped her because she wasn’t wearing proper identification.
“You don’t have the proper identification to go beyond this point,” the agent told her.
At that point, “Huma basically tried to throw her weight around,” a former agent recalled to Kessler. “She tried to just force her way through and said belligerently, ‘Do you know who I am?’”
Her attitude was pretty much a continual thing, agents said.
“Huma Abedin looked down on the agents and treated them as second-class citizens,” Kessler says a former agent told him.
“On TV, they will make it sound like they just really appreciated and loved those Secret Service agents and appreciate all their sacrifices and all that,” a former agent said of the Clintons.
“Then, behind the scenes, they’re like, ‘I don’t want to see these guys.'”
He added, “When it’s convenient for them, they’ll utilize the service for whatever favor they need, but otherwise they look down upon the agents, kind of like servants.”
But there were occasions when the agents could give it back — at least to Abedin.
Secret Service agents are there to protect, and as such aren’t expected to carry luggage, although they occasionally will for those they like. Abedin wasn’t one of them.
With her, the situation was, “Hey, you’re going to be like that? Well, you get your own luggage to the car. Oh, and by the way, you can carry the first lady’s luggage to the car, too.”
“She’d have four bags, and we’d stand there and watch her and say, ‘Oh, can we hold the door open for you?'”
The feelings toward Clinton and her entourage continue to this day.
“There’s not an agent in the service who wants to be in Hillary’s detail,” a current agent told Kessler. “If agents get the nod to go to her detail, that’s considered a form of punishment among the agents. She’s hard to work around, she’s known to snap at agents and yell at agents and dress them down to their faces, and they just have to be humble and say, ‘Yes, ma’am,’ and walk away.”
He added, “Agents don’t deserve that. They’re there to do a job, they’re there to protect her, they’ll lay their life down for hers, and there’s absolutely no respect for that, and that’s why agents do not want to go to her detail.”
The following video clip was provided by The Daily Mail:
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