Emily Smith of the New York Post reports on some of the revelations in Crisis of Character, the soon-to-be-released book by former Secret Service agent Gary Byrne about life at the White House with Hillary Clinton. I discussed the book briefly here.
According to Byrne, Hillary Clinton would be friendly one moment and then go into a rage. She repeatedly screamed obscenities at her husband, Secret Service personnel and White House staffers — all of whom lived in terror of her next tirade.
Secret Service agents are, of course, charged with protecting the physical well-being of the president. Byrne says they had discussions about the possibility of having to protect Bill Clinton from Hillary’s physical attacks. He recalls that the couple had one “violent encounter” the morning of a key presidential address to the nation.
Byrne also remembers arriving for work one day in 1995 following a loud fight between the Clintons the night before. He says the dustup resulted in light blue vase “smashed to bits” and left Bill with a “real, live, put-a-steak-on-it black eye.”
Don’t let anyone tell you that Hillary isn’t a fighter.
From Byrne’s account, and from what we already knew, it’s easy to see why Hillary would rage at Bill. Byrne says he once walked into a room where the president was “involved inappropriately with a woman” who was neither his wife nor Monica Lewinsky. Another time, Byrne threw out a White House towel stained with a woman’s lipstick — and the president’s “bodily fluids.”
For Hillary, her options regarding Bill may have seemed like “fight or flight.” Flight, apparently, was out of the question, given her ambitions.
What’s problematic, assuming the accuracy of Byrne’s account, is Hillary’s treatment of Secret Service agents and White House staff.
Voters are left in the unenviable position of weighing Hillary Clinton’s character flaws against Donald Trump’s. In both cases, the flaws are legion.