This Independence Day, some of the most ardent fans of President Donald Trump tried to exhibit their patriotism and undying love for the United States (and the man currently occupying the highest office) by demonstrating their complete and utter lack of knowledge about the Declaration of Independence.
For the past 29 years, hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators at National Public Radio (NPR) have read the historic document every Fourth of July on the “Morning Edition.” This year, they decided to take their annual tradition to social media and tweeted the nation’s founding document line by line in a series of more than 100 tweets.
The Twitter thread was part of NPR’s Fourth of July celebrations and many on social media praised them for it.
Thank you, NPR. The perfect reminder of what it’s all about.— Sue (@SpireaNZ) July 4, 2017
A very cool tradition, @NPR! Thanks so mich for this and Happy 4th of July!— Adam Thomas (@DarthAdamT) July 5, 2017
However, some people apparently failed to recognize the Declaration, originally written by Thomas Jefferson and adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, mistaking it for a political attack on the president.
So, NPR is calling for revolution.— D.G.Davies (@JustEsrafel) July 4, 2017
Interesting way to condone the violence while trying to sound "patriotic".
Your implications are clear.
Glad you are being defunded. You have never been balanced on your show.— Alma sanchez (@Almasan93753248) July 4, 2017
Horsechit— Terry (@xebec78) July 4, 2017
Some social media users tried to explain that NPR was merely tweeting the historically uncontroversial documents, but most Trump supporters were too angry to pay attention.
NPR tweeted out the entire Declaration of Independence, and wow... uh... the responses are... something. pic.twitter.com/KurdVurRgW— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) July 5, 2017
When you're triggered by the Declaration of Independence bc you want so badly to submit to King Donald the Doll-Handed.... pic.twitter.com/aEyLEu24Qc— Alexandra 🦅 (@AlexandraAimee) July 4, 2017
there's nothing more american than getting pissed because you think the declaration of independence is shitting on the president pic.twitter.com/gkWSTR8SIY— Goth Ms. Frizzle (@spookperson) July 4, 2017
*heavy sigh* pic.twitter.com/Pb35SNdKqe— Melissa Martin (@DoubleEmMartin) July 4, 2017
Amazing how many 'patriots' have never read the Declaration of Independence that we celebrate today.— Jeff H (@Hoopgreen) July 5, 2017
It is quite telling that the supporters of the president, who is more potent at tweeting inflammatory statements to incite violence than he is at running the country, would think the Declaration of Independence is an attack.
Can someone please distribute some copies of the document at the next Trump rally because his supporters really need to educate themselves before they try to “make America great again.”
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