National Park Service Defies Trump With 'Alt' Twitter Account

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Cierra Bailey
Even federal agencies are resisting President Donald Trump as the NPS finds a loophole to free them of his gag order and scientists organize a climate change march.

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In response to President Donald Trump’s attempt to censor what the National Park Service can share on Twitter, the organization has created an unofficial account that he can’t regulate.

While Trump doesn’t have the authority to shut down a Twitter account or suspend one, he has been throwing his weight around by threatening to terminate people if they post tweets he deems unacceptable.

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The genius behind the unofficial account is that Trump has no idea who is tweeting from the profile and therefore wouldn’t know who to fire, as opposed to the official NPS Twitter handles, @NatlParkService or @BadlandsNPS, that are operated by specific employees.

The new account is under @AltNatParkSer and went live early Tuesday with a repost of a Badlands tweet about climate change that had been deleted from the official account.

Thus far, it has continued releasing information on climate change and documenting Trump’s attempts to censor the agency's official accounts.

It didn’t take long for other federal agencies to follow suit. NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Agriculture have all launched unofficial accounts, creating a loophole that escapes Trump’s authoritarian approach to leadership.

In addition to this social media resistance against Trump, news broke Wednesday that scientists are planning a climate change march on Washington.  

According to the Telegraph, organizers of the march have said they intend to stand up to the Trump administration and organize these marches across the country.

"Although this will start with a march, we hope to use this as a starting point to take a stand for science in politics. Slashing funding and restricting scientists from communicating their findings (from tax-funded research!) with the public is absurd and cannot be allowed to stand as policy,” organizers wrote in a blog post on Saturday.

There is no date set for the march as of yet, but word is spreading like wildfire, so we can expect the turnout to closely resemble last week's Women’s March on Washington, which would — once again — put Trump’s inauguration to shame.

It looks like Trump is in for pushback from all angles! Hopefully, with the resistance movement prepared to carry on through the next four years, he will rue the day he ever ran for president and decide not to run again in 2020. 

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