The Declaration of Independence is such an unknown document to some supporters of President Trump, they did not realize NPR was tweeting the historical document, and many actually thought NPR was calling for violence and revolution.
National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” has celebrated the Fourth of July for 29 years by reading the Declaration of Independence by hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators.
This historically uncontroversial testament to the nation’s founding document proved uncontroversial-no-more in the year 2017, reported Raw Story.
The Declaration of Independence was originally written by Thomas Jefferson, and was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. It laid out the 13 colonies’ intention to separate from the Kingdom of Britain and form an independent union. It is not a partisan document.
After NPR tweeted the text of the declaration line by line, Trump supporters, obviously unaware of the historical document that was the cause for the July 4 celebrations, accused the media organization of playing partisan politics and attacking the president.
“So, NPR is calling for a revolution,” Twitter user @JustEsrafel wrote.
“Propaganda is that all you know?” another confused Twitter user asked.
Some even taunted NPR over Trump’s budget proposal, which slashes endowments for the arts and humanities, insisting the media organization should lose federal funding for its subversive rhetoric.
Raw Story compiled some of the Tweets:
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
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
*heavy sigh* pic.twitter.com/Pb35SNdKqe
— Melissa Martin (@DoubleEmMartin) July 4, 2017
— Brent Jones (@brentajones) July 4, 2017
— Savannah Grimm (@savvygrimm) July 5, 2017
A bunch of Trump supporters became irate this morning when NPR started tweeting excerpts of the Declaration of Independence. Bless them. https://t.co/MpKZERfF5z
— Robert Caruso (@robertcaruso) July 4, 2017
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)