Irene Kim, the protester who dressed as a “swamp creature” during a confirmation hearing for then-Interior Secretary nominee David Bernhardt last month, called on more people to troll the administration. 

“I think we need to be the trolls we wish to see in the world,” she said on MSNBC, paraphrasing a famous quote from Mahatma Gandhi. “Folks are out there filled with moral outrage and indignation and this is a way to show some humor. The only way we’re going to get through this is by laughing and showing up, so let’s laugh together.”

Kim sat for two hours behind Bernhardt wearing a mask resembling a swamp creature before she was escorted out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing. According to her Twitter page, she works for Greenpeace USA, an organization that seeks to “expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.”


Environmental groups have bashed Bernhardt’s nomination over his past as an oil and gas industry lobbyist and his reported role in blocking the release of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study outlining the effects of pesticides on endangered species during his time as a deputy Interior secretary.

The Western Values Project, a conservationist group, called Bernhardt in February the “ultimate D.C. swamp creature with so many potential conflicts of interest that he has to carry around a list of his former clients.”