Secret Service Slams New York Times Over Trump Assassination Story

A Secret Service officer rushes past reporters after a vehicle rammed into a security barrier near the White House, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The New York Times might still be one of the most popular newspapers in the world, but its fame has morphed into infamy as its partisanship becomes so blatant that it actually published a fictional story fantasizing about President Donald Trump’s execution.

Last week, the NYT sought out thriller authors to fictionalize the end of Trump’s reign through one dishonorable means or another. One, in particular, was written by Zoe Sharp, who wrote on a Russian operative on an assassination mission.

Within the story, the Russian agent gets close to Trump with a pistol and pulls the trigger, only to have the gun misfire. Expecting to die, the operative is surprised when a secret service agent pulls his own gun and hands it to the Russian agent so he could finish the job, and kill Trump.

The NYT defended the piece as a “work of fiction,” but it would appear that the Secret Service isn’t amused that it would be pointed to as a way by which the President is killed, noting that the story is not only “outrageous,” but “insulting” to boot.

“While we understand this is a work of fiction, the insinuation that the U.S. Secret Service would participate in the assassination of a President is outrageous and an insult to the men and women of this agency. The U.S. Secret Service prides itself on being an apolitical agency with a long and distinguished history of protecting our nation’s elected officials,” a Secret Service spokesperson told Fox News.

The screams that would be emanating from the printed pages of the New York Times if a publication had published this same kind of story about, say, former President Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton would be unignorable.

However, it’s not uncommon for the left to fantasize about the death of, or the coming of harm to, those they disagree with on the right. In fact, it’s often celebrated.