For three decades, National Public Radio has held a Fourth of July tradition of having its hosts and newscasters read the country’s founding document aloud on air. This year, NPR took to Twitter to put forth a text version as well, but amidst a backdrop of political turmoil and bickering, it wasn’t received in quite the way one might expect.
To be fair, the majority of Twitter users appreciated the nod to America’s history and found it even more resonant today than ever before. But a large group of Trump supporters appeared to be alarmingly unfamiliar with the the Declaration of Independence, instead taking the public broadcaster’s words as a call for revolution and accusing them of inciting violence – seemingly unaware of the patriotic nature of the tweetstorm itself.
In Congress, July 4, 1776.
– NPR (@NPR) July 4, 2017
When Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence 300 years ago, you can bet he wasn’t thinking about what hyperpartisan Twitter users might mistake it for in 2017. But boy, was that reaction something to behold – and we’ve pulled together some of the most incredible reactions below.
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
I can’t get enough of people getting mad online because @NPR tweeted the Declaration of Independence pic.twitter.com/D7MpparS5g
– Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) 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
Since trump fans didn’t know what Declaration of Independence was and cited NPR for treason for tweeting it, will they call DofI fake news?
– Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) July 5, 2017
Incredible. You may be on the wrong side of history if you think the #DeclarationofIndependence is describing #Trump & then call it “trash”. pic.twitter.com/lB2aO5sCbx
– ♥️ (@LoveRunandPray) July 4, 2017
A few of the replies to @NPR’s tweeting the Declaration of Independence on this, the 4th of July. pic.twitter.com/v56DGg57Nt
– Brent Jones (@brentajones) July 4, 2017
The MAGAs saw this and were outraged that @NPR was tweeting shade at Trump. It wasn’t. It was tweeting the Declaration of Independence. https://t.co/xBjlQserwE
– shauna (@goldengateblond) July 5, 2017