On Tuesday, Badlands National Park defied Donald Trump’s orders by tweeting facts about climate change. However, the tweets didn’t last long. They were deleted by early evening hours.
The tweets came after Trump banned the Department of Interior from updating their social media and communicating with reporters. It is reported that the tweets were by a former employee who was not currently authorized to use the park’s account.
People went to twitter to applaud the bravery of the person who tweeted the messages:
I salute you, Badlands National Park tweeter who is probably going to get fired but is going out in style. https://t.co/LrcH91IOuJ
— Kate Sheppard (@kate_sheppard) January 24, 2017
— Douglas Bessette (@dlbessette) January 24, 2017
Whoever runs the Twitter at @BadlandsNPS has some guts. Sad to say that tweeting objective facts is "guts" but it is in this mad age.
— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) January 24, 2017
In the face of a Trump oppression, the Badlands NPS twitter has gone rogue. Love it. https://t.co/mmQQNByYam
— Anamorph.Photo (@AnamorphPhoto) January 24, 2017
@BadlandsNPS whoever is tweeting this – you are a hero! With all the agency silencing happening today your bravery is really appreciated.
— Josh (@joshmbarn) January 24, 2017
— James G Gilmore (@jamesggilmore) January 24, 2017
.@BadlandsNPS a) Thank you for promoting science.
b) When you inevitably get fired, let me know so I can pass your resume around.
— Weirdneal (@Weirdneal) January 24, 2017
Federal workforce experts note they have never seen anyone else take the type of steps the Trump’s administration has been doing to restrain public communications.
Andrew Rosenberg, an official at the Union of Concerned Scientists warned, “These actions don’t just threaten scientists — they threaten everyone in the country who breathes air, drinks water and eats food.”