President Donald Trump took over the sprawling US government today, and some of his new employees are using the occasion to poke at him on Twitter. Whoever is running the National Park Service’s Twitter account is subtweeting the new president with messages that appear to challenge his ideas and his stature.
Early today, @NatlParkService posted a tweet by The Wilderness Society about Obama’s recognition of LGBTQ history and places — the same day that the LGBTQ rights page disappeared from the White House website.
The National Park Service also retweeted an article by Esquire about civil rights, climate change, and health care being scrubbed clean from WhiteHouse.gov. Apparently, those are not Trump’s “Top Issues.” Scrapping Obama’s climate change plan and putting America First when it comes to foreign policy instead are.
Finally, the official NPS account retweeted a photo comparing the crowds at Obama’s 2009 inauguration vs. today’s, which has been widely circulated online as way to compare the two presidents’ levels of popularity.
Inauguration Day is turning out to be even bigger than expected. January 20th, Washington D.C. Have fun!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017
One of the Twitter accounts of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, @NOAAResearch, also used Inauguration Day to remind its followers that climate change is a thing and sea levels are indeed rising at an increasing rate.
It’s unclear what will happen to the National Park Service’s retweets once the Trump administration takes control of the federal agencies and their Twitter accounts. But for now, the @NatlParkService makes it clear in its bio that RT / follow / likes ≠ endorsement.