Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, who is running as a Republican for a seat in Congress, has slammed President Barack Obama's administration as "toxic" — even though he once defended the president with his life.
Bongino, a 12-year veteran of the Secret Service who also protected Bill and Hillary Clinton, told the New York Post's Page Six
that the White House is "using government as a weapon to intimidate enemies."
"We're in a very dangerous place right now," Bongino told the Post. "There are so many scandals going on right now with this administration, any one of them in my opinion could be absolutely catastrophic for what this country stands for."
Bongino, who has released a book titled "Life Inside the Bubble,"
also lashed out at the failure of the Obamacare website HealthCare.gov.
"That scandal in itself is a huge deal. We are in such a dangerous place with this administration. They use this government as a shiny new toy — this little red ball they just got — because they are so inexperienced with it.
"That wasn't necessarily the case with the Clintons, and I was pretty much enmeshed in Hillary's Senate campaign. Although I disagreed with a lot of their political positions ... I can't tell you that they thought government was a weapon exclusively to intimidate their enemies," the Post reported.
"But this administration constantly seems to use government [as a weapon] because they are inexperienced with it. It's like giving a kid a Bowie knife and saying, 'have fun.' They gave this administration, which has no experience, the reins of government, and they have just gone wild."
Bongino was the Republican candidate in Maryland's 2012 election for the Senate, but was beaten by Democratic incumbent Ben Cardin. He plans to run in 2014 for the Maryland House seat held by Democrat John Delaney.
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