Several comparisons between the respective inauguration crowds of Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump made their way across the Internet on Friday. Even the New York Times wrote about the telling images, though it was a tweet by NYT Washington correspondent Binyamin Appelbaum that caught Twitter’s attention. “Compare the crowds,” he wrote, adding: “2009 inauguration at left, 2017 inauguration at right.” Over 36,000 retweets and 37,000 likes later, Appelbaum’s tweet quickly appeared on Twitter accounts across the social media platform — even the official one managed by the National Park Service.
Per The Hill, the account retweeted both Appelbaum’s tweet and another from Esquire concerning the updated WhiteHouse.gov website. As of this writing, both retweets are still at the top of the National Park Service’s page, though now that the Trump administration has officially taken charge they probably won’t stay there much longer.
The National Park Service has yet to comment publicly on the matter, though Gizmodo posits the retweets may have been inspired by the organization and its allies’ disapproval of Interior Department secretary nominee Ryan Zinke. As National Parks Conservation Association President Theresa Pierno told the NYT following the Montana representative’s nomination back in December, “Mr. Zinke has advocated for state control of energy development on federal lands, a move that threatens our national parks.”