A popular direct petition site that former President Barack Obama launched in his first term may be put to an end by President Donald Trump.
The site petitions.whitehouse.gov, which went live in 2011, was meant to be seen as a way for citizens to organize to make their voices heard by the administration. Under rules put in place by the Obama White House, citizens would earn an official response from the White House if any petition accumulated more than 100,000 signatures. However, according to a new report from U.S. News, the site may go dark relatively soon.
White House Communications Director Mike Dubke said that while no decision on the fate of the site has been made yet, the decision to kill the petition site “is still under review.” However, given that none of the 100,000+ signature petitions have received an official response from the Trump White House, the future of the petition platform on whitehouse.gov is tenuous.
George Washington University media professor Dave Karpf told U.S. News that he expects the Trump regime to scrap the We the People petition site, given his latest actions regarding transparency.
“The Trump administration has abandoned every other piece of the transparency agenda, so it seems like only a matter of time until they scrap We the People as well,” Karpf said.
As Karpf referenced, Trump’s potential decision to kill the White House petition site comes on the heels on his administration disregarding a large swath of transparency measures typically expected of U.S. presidents. Late last week, the Trump White House announced it would discontinue releasing the details of White House visitor logs. And despite today marking the IRS filing deadline for 2016 tax returns, President Trump has still not released his tax returns to the public as of this writing.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.