The first week under President Donald Trump has not offered many moments of levity. Gutting funding for women's reproductive health at home and abroad appears to be a top priority, as does building that infamous wall along the Mexican border. One of the new administration's stranger hostile acts involved reportedly putting a gag order on the Twitter accounts of the national parks — a move which received extra attention when the Badlands one tweeted about climate change on Tuesday. However, an alternative unofficial National Park Service Twitter account has arisen from the social media ashes.
While @AltNatParkServ can't provide us with a new Environmental Protection Agency director pick who, you know, hasn't sued the agency he is expected to be come the head of, it can provide some truth bombs and laughter for its nearly 600,000 followers at the time of writing. It has not been confirmed who is running the Twitter account, but the bio describes itself as "The Unofficial 'Resistance' team of U.S. National Park Service. "The bio also adds it is "Not taxpayer subsidised!"
Bustle reached out to @AltNatParkServ for this article, but did not receive a response by the time of publication. The account did tweet, "We've had a lot of media attention. We've been asked by a few to identify ourselves. Be gentle with us. It's a scary climate out there." Prior to that, @AltNatParkServ tweeted "This account should not have to exist & we are sorry for any problems we are causing our colleagues. But we didn't start this. #resist"
While it is unclear whether the account is being run by federal employees, whoever is the voice behind the tweets has a clear bone to pick with the new president. The pinned tweet reads, "Can't wait for President Trump to call us FAKE NEWS," a jab at Trump's penchant for attacking stories that are unfavorable to him as "fake news. " Yet, there's a clear sense of self mockery, with the second sentence, "You can take our official twitter, but you'll never take our free time!" It has been retweeted more than 70,000 times since it was posted on Tuesday.
The @AltNatParkServ account isn't (solely) devoted to skewering Trump. Much of the Twitter feed showcases photos from national parks and shares studies about climate change, as well as information about environmental educational tools and panels.
However, @AltNatParkServ is sometimes just about taking some shots at Trump:
Perhaps the person or people behind @AltUsNatParkService hope that if Trump starts feeling the heat, he'll start caring about climate change.