Could Trump pull National Monument designation from Stonewall?


President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Wednesday that could undo some national monument designations made by his predecessors, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The order will instruct the Department of the Interior secretary to look at the designations made over the past 21 years “to discern whether their size and scope are within the law’s intent, a move that tracks clearly with concerns of members of Utah‘s federal delegation about the use of the unilateral presidential power in designating monuments.”

A senior White House official, not permitted to speak publicly about the order, said most likely in the crosshairs are  “President Bill Clinton‘s 1996 naming of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument” but that it was mainly “prompted by President Barack Obama‘s last-minute naming of Bears Ears National Monument in December.”

Could the “law and order” president, who so often speaks out against protesters, also set his sights on undoing the Stonewall Inn’s national monument designation? After all, let’s not forget that Stonewall was a riot, where members of the LGBTQ community tired of being pushed around and humiliated by police fought back for their rights.

While the Stonewall National Monument, designated as such in June 24, 2016, the first to honor the LGBTQ rights struggle, was not named by the official as a concern. Still, it is hard to predict what might come next from this administration, making it difficult to rest easy and assume the honor is here to stay.

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