Trump Officials Used Secret Twitter Account To Rip Enemies (And Make Fart Jokes?)

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“I’m going to take this off the bison account,” wrote a highly placed Interior Department spokesperson, before “fact-checking” the agency’s troll handle.

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top executive Donald TrumpAccording to internal documents obtained, the Interior Department was directly involved in a short-lived campaign to blast critics of the agency from an unclaimed troll Twitter account.

The Twitter handle @NoBullBison appeared quietly in April 2019 and took a dig at critics of the administration. “Bison is bringing the facts – calling the bulls,” read the profile’s bio, a reference to the federal agency’s bison seal.

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In my first post from the profile, Department of the Interior rained heavily in the left-leaning center for American progress report good The group produced what found that one-quarter of all new oil and gas leases approved by the department were within migration corridors for large game species like elk and mule deer — habitats the Trump administration vowed to identify and better protect. Was.

Documents obtained last week through a Freedom of Information Act request show that the agency’s top lawyer, Daniel Georgani, and then-acting chief of staff Todd Willens, then-Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, were involved in crafting the initial rebuttal. CAP report

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Willens forwarded the CAP report without comment to two colleagues on April 18, 2019. Casey Stemler, a senior adviser with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, responded later that morning, writing that he would “get sick and tired of claiming various people and groups. The order does this or that or this or this or that. will lead to that,” referring to a secretarial order that Bernhardt’s predecessor, Ryan Zinke, signed in 2018.

“It would be great if we had an effort to communicate [sic] So I can lay out the facts,” Stemler said.

Willens forwarded Stamler’s lengthy response to Interior Department communications staff, instructing them to “look into this and bring out the truth.”

The Interior Department’s top spokesperson, Faith Vander Wort, used her official government email account to set up a No Bull Bison account. He quickly chimed in: “I think this would make a great first ‘No Bull from the Bison’ tweet.”

Vander Voort drafted a series of tweets using Stammler’s email and sent them to Jorjani. After some confusion – “???,” Jorjani initially replied – he signed the thread.

“Team,” wrote Vander Voort to colleagues in the secretary’s office. “Want to tell you all that I got the golden thumb of compliance from Dan (see below). Unless I hear otherwise from any of you before 4:30 p.m., I’m going to snatch it from the Bison account .

“I’m good,” Villans replied with approval, noting that a retweet from Bernhardt would “likely.”

Vander Wort later emailed Bernhardt asking if she could retweet the post from his account. The documents do not include any response from the secretary, but his official official Twitter handle retweeted it later that day.

It was not until the next day, April 19, and thereafter revealed that the @NoBullBison profile was set up using the official email address of Vander Voort, the Department of the Interior account accepted as its.

as before informed of, @NoBullBison’s walk on social media was brief and unimportant. In the six months it was active, it posted just five times and garnered little engagement.

In its last tweet, the handle targeted the then representative. Deb Haaland (DN.M.), one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress, during a congressional hearing for explicitly misquoting the number of federally recognized tribes in America. But instead of a fair, accurate fact-check, Trump internal officials used his troll account. misinterpret Haaland’s words.

In March, Haland was confirmed as the 54th secretary. Department of the Interior, the huge federal agency that oversees nearly a fifth of all land in the US

@NoBullBison, thankfully, online flat out has stopped.

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