NPR Tweets Declaration Of Independence, Sparks Backlash

| by Sheena Vasani

NPR upset droves of President Donald Trump supporters when the organization tweeted the Declaration of Independence on July 4.

On July 4, NPR decided to upload a series of tweets quoting the Founding Fathers, reports USA Today.

However, many misunderstood, and thought the tweets were insults against Trump -- particularly the lines criticizing Britain's King George III.

"A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people," reads one of the tweets.

Consequently, many Trump supporters were up in arms reading NPR's Twitter feed.

"This is why you're going to get defunded," wrote one reader.

"it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government," read another NPR tweet.

At least one individual was offended and thought the news organization was instigating an uprising:  "So, NPR is calling for revolution," the reader wrote in response. "Interesting way to condone the violence while trying to sound "patriotic". Your implications are clear."

However, the individual soon realized the error which was made.

"Okay, okay...I screwed up with ... npr," the reader added, before deleting the earlier message. "I jumped the gun and tweeted when I should have waited for them to finish. I offer my apologies."

In response, many chided those Trump supporters who criticized NPR.

"The Trump supporters getting angry over the contents of the Declaration of Independence is not surprising," wrote one person on USA Today's Facebook page. "It is against everything they stand for. Plus it has words, big words, way too many words."

However, some took a different approach.

"The title of your article is specifically set up to divide the nation to Us v. Them, and that's unfortunate," wrote one. "We ALL need to go beyond pointing and dividing. While I don't want to normalize Trump's behavior -- trust me, I'm one of the current administration's biggest critics -- we should instead reach out to those different from us. Many Trump supporters don't have the tools and education to recognize the text like more privileged people do. Ignorance about one of our nation's founding documents should be a bipartisan concern."

While some agreed with those sentiments, they did not think the mistake happened because Trump supporters were less "educated."

"I get how someone could make that mistake when sampling a few words of a document instead of the whole," commented another. "But, at some point, they had to have noticed the string of tweets and put them together.... you would think. I think people's nerves are so frayed we jump to conclusions before seeing what's actually happening. Take a deep breath with me everyone. Deep breath."

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