Is the US Department of Defense subtweeting the Trump Administration?
It may not just be the scientific community that's going rogue on Twitter. To our delight, Congresswoman Maxine Waters may in fact be leading a delicious new shade-driven charge of government officials here to make us all pop our corn and crunch away.
In the New York Times Magazine, writer Anna Holmes counsels, "At its most refined, shade should have an element of plausible deniability, so that the shade-thrower can pretend that he or she didn’t actually mean to behave with incivility, making it all the more delicious."
Sometimes it's the little things, like this apparent US Department of Defense subtweet. (Sure, it could just be about mental health in general, but remember that timing is everything.)
And sometimes it's more blatant. On the same day that the Trump Administration officially issued two anti-immigrant (and anti-refugee) executive orders re: US/Mexico border wall construction and cutting off federal funding to all "sanctuary cities", the DoD just casually dropped this Tweet:
And on Inauguration Day, there was this MASTER CLASS in shade:
The court of public opinion is now in session, y'all.
PBS' Lisa Lerer and Julie Bykowicz talked with former EPA head Christine Todd Whitman, former secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and other former civil servants about the much more blatant instances we're seeing of rebellion from within:
BUT CAN GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES DO THAT?
That's a question everyone has been asking. We're not legal experts, so we rely on the expertise of those who are.
The US Supreme Court has explicitly stated that government employees cannot be fired for speaking on matters of public concern as private individuals. In other words, while their employer is within its rights to prevent them from using official channels to express themselves, what those civil servants say on their own time is their own business.
The ACLU issued this official statement on January 25th, 2017:
OTHER CIVIL SERVANTS HAVE BEEN TAKING THE FIGHT TO TWITTER, TOO
While we feel like the term "alt-" has been significantly sullied by a certain rebranding of neonazi behaviors, we're still glad these Twitter accounts are fighting the scientific fact-based fight with actual facts, not lies made up and spun into false narratives.
Here's a list: