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‘Classic!’ Obama designates controversial new national monuments, then WH posts WRONG photo to brag about it

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In its rush to squeeze through as much as possible before President Obama leaves office, the White House found itself facing backlash and mockery over posting an incorrect photo.

The White House announced two new controversial national monuments on Wednesday: Bears Ears in Utah and Gold Butte in Nevada.

Besides the unpopularity of the monument designations and Republican opposition, the White House also faced a torrent of criticism for using the wrong location in its photo.

Republican lawmakers also slammed the White House for its geographic ignorance.

And while a correct photo eventually was posted, though not by the Obama administration, disapproval of the president’s action was widespread.

People living in the areas affected by the federal designation were not too thrilled with Obama’s self-congratulatory tone and total disregard for the voice of the people in those states.

Utah’s Rep. Jason Chaffetz was “outraged” by the decision.

“President Obama’s unilateral decision to invoke the Antiquities Act in Utah politicizes a long-simmering conflict. This unfortunate act threatens to further inflame controversies that were near resolution,” Chaffetz said in a statement released Wednesday.

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“The midnight move is a slap in the face to the people of Utah, attempting to silence the voices of those who will bear the heavy burden it imposes,” the Republican congressman continued. “Furthermore, the decision is a major break with protocol previously followed by this administration. It does not have the support of the Governor, a single member of the state’s Congressional delegation, nor any local elected officials or state legislators who represent the area.”

The Bears Ears National Monument in Utah will cover 1.35 million acres and, while a victory for Native American tribes and conservationists, is being condemned by GOP leaders and many area residents who decried another level of federal control.

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah vowed to “undo” the designation.

The 300,000-acre Gold Butte National Monument outside of Las Vegas is near the location of the 2014 standoff between rancher Cliven Bundy and government agents.

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Frieda Powers


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