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FILE - In this June 11, 2014 file photo, the scenic Little Missouri River winds it's way inside the Theodore Roosevelt National Park located in the Badlands of North Dakota. Officials at the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University are in the planning stages of creating the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library. Roosevelt loved the badlands of western North Dakota and they spurred him to conserve hundreds and national forests and parks. Officials hope the library will aid the park?s natural beauty in providing a complete picture of Roosevelt?s life. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Badlands National Park defied Trump's gag order and tweeted climate change facts


Badlands National Park successfully defied the Trump administration's gag order on the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday. The gag order essentially prevented the agency from communicating with the press or the public. 

But that order didn't fly with South Dakota's Badlands National Park, which is a subsidiary of the National Park Service. 

To fire back at Trump, the park began tweeting climate-change facts from the National Wildlife Federation’s website. 

The tweets were retweeted thousands of times before being deleted later Tuesday afternoon.

Minutes later, the DNC released the statement: "Vladimir Putin would be proud." 

“Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years,” Badlands National Park said in one of its rebellious tweets. 

And because of the series of tweets, the hashtag #Badasslands began trending. The park also saw a major spike in social media followers. 

Friday the Trump administration ordered the Interior Department to stop tweeting after it posted side-by-side photos comparing crowd sizes for Trump and Obama's inaugurations. 

Trump's team said the order was issued out of an abundance of caution because they believed the National Park Service's (NPS) account had been hacked. 

The NPS later tweeted, "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." 


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