Dem. Sen. Cantwell Wears Patagonia Fleece Jacket at Senate Hearing to Send Message to Trump Admin Over Bears Ears Move

That’ll learn ’em. Democrat Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington state wore a black Patagonia fleece jacket at a Senate hearing Tuesday morning to send a message to the Trump administration, according to a report by CNN’s Miranda Green. The SJW company is suing the Trump administration over the President’s order rolling back protection on Bears Ears National Monument lands in Utah last week.

Green tweeted a screen grab of Cantwell wearing the fleece jacket at a Senate hearing with Interior Department Associate Deputy Secretary Jim Cason, “[email protected] spotted wearing a @patagonia fleece at today’s Senate energy hearing interviewing @Interior Associate Deputy Secretary Jim Cason. Her spox insinuated to me this was purposeful.”

GQ reported earlier Tuesday morning that Patagonia’s sales skyrocketed after it announced the suit aganist the Trump administration.

Patagonia’s Anti-Trump Statement Was Massively Good for Business

The outdoor brand’s sales numbers ticked up after it sued the president.

Last week, Patagonia put out a defiant statement in response to President Trump’s plan to roll back protections on two national monuments in Utah. Today Patagonia.com’s landing page still reads “The President Stole Your Land,” and the company officially filed its lawsuit against the Trump administration to block the cuts last Wednesday night. Many people lauded the company’s decision to defy Trump. Among the most popular sentiments: I’m about to buy myself and everyone I know some fleece.

And fleece they bought, according to sales data from Slice Intelligence, a company that measures online shopping. Slice compared each day last week to sales numbers on November 1, a day unaffected by external factors—a shopping holiday like Black Friday, or Patagonia’s anti-Trump statement. (Slice Intelligence partners with online retailers to obtain sales data but does not work directly with Patagonia. Patagonia declined to comment for this story, or answer GQ’s request for internal sales numbers.) On Tuesday, the day immediately following the late-afternoon statement, Patagonia’s external web sales—that is, Patagonia gear sold online by non-Patagonia retailers, according to Slice—were six times higher than a typical day. And shopping goodwill remained strong the entire week:…”

Patagonia fleece sweater jackets like the one worn by Cantwell run from around $100 to $160 depending on the style.

Patagonia’s hysterical end of the world statement:

The President Stole Bears Ears National Monument

In an illegal move, the president just reduced the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. This is the largest elimination of protected land in American history.

Tell the Administration that they don’t have the authority to take these lands away from you.”

The National Geographic posted an informative article about Trump’s action and the history behind it.

Utah has 13 national parks and monuments, most set in spectacular red-rock formations that make it the envy of tourist bureaus everywhere. But the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, Utah’s four congressmen and two U.S. senators asked the president to abolish the newest of these chiseled landscapes to be preserved—the Bears Ears National Monument created by Barack Obama in the final days of his administration.

Wednesday, Trump took the first step toward that end—and then some.

In a sweeping executive order with few precedents, Trump instructed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review as many as 40 national monuments created over the past 21 years to determine if any of his three predecessors exceeded their authority in setting aside large tracts beyond the land that needed protection. The review is targeted on monuments that are at least 100,000 acres in size and reaches back to 1996, midway through the Clinton administration, when Bill Clinton’s creation of the 1.7-million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah stirred such fury that opponents still search for ways to shrink it two decades later.

Trump, in remarks at the Interior Department, characterized the creation of national monuments by Obama as “an egregious abuse of power” and suggested the review could result in turning some federal lands, or monuments, back over to the states.

“I’ve spoken with many state and local leaders … who care very much about conserving land and are gravely concerned about this massive federal land grab,” he said. “And it’s gotten worse and worse and worse and now we’re going to free it up. It never should have happened. I am signing this order to end abuses and return control to the people.”

End excerpt. Read the entire National Geographic article at this link.

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