The account says its retweets yesterday were “mistaken.”
Yesterday, someone with access to the official Twitter account for the U.S. National Parks service got the entire agency in hot water with newly inaugurated President Donald Trump.
Shortly after Trump was sworn in, the account retweeted two flavors of anti-Trump tweets, one noting the meager turnout for his inauguration and the other noting major changes to the White House website. The wobbly defense for both political retweets is that the NPS oversees the National Mall, where inauguration attendees had gathered, and that the new White House site no longer acknowledges climate change.
Gizmodo reported that the NPS had been ordered by the new administration to “cease use of government Twitter accounts until further notice.”
After much gnashing of teeth from the Twitterati overnight, the Parks Service confirmed today that the retweets were “mistaken,” but it looks as though its time in the doghouse is already over:
We regret the mistaken RTs from our account yesterday and look forward to continuing to share the beauty and history of our parks with you pic.twitter.com/mctNNvlrmv
— NationalParkService (@NatlParkService) January 21, 2017
Meanwhile, Washington D.C.’s transit service WMATA, which runs the Metro train system, is finding subtler ways to jab at the new boss’ ego, pointing out that its parking garages and lots are a lot fuller for the Women’s March on Washington than they were for the inauguration.
Here’s Friday, Inauguration Day, at 10:34 am ET:
— Metro (@wmata) January 20, 2017
And Saturday, march day, at 10:01 am ET:
— Metro (@wmata) January 21, 2017
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