On Independence Day, NPR tweeted out the US Declaration of Independence in over 100 tweets, and some Trump supporters were not pleased.
“So, NPR is calling for revolution,” tweeted one user. “Interesting way to condone the violence while trying to sound ‘patriotic.’ Your implications are clear.”
Parker Molloy, a writer for Upworthy, was the first to notice the replies and catalogue different reactions to NPR’s tweets.
One NPR tweet said, “LISTEN: A July 4th Tradition: The Declaration of Independence, Read Aloud,” and a Twitter user replied, “Glad you are being defunded. You have never been balanced on your show.”
Quoting one line from the Declaration of Independence, NPR tweeted, “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.”
In response, one woman said, “Please stop. This is not the right place.”
Another wrote, “Please be chill, @NPR.”
And from Twitter user “Elephino”: “Yes, NPR Journalists: with a ‘mission’.”
One user said in response to NPR, “And with obama [sic] out of the White House may freedom ring AGAIN..”
And one user fell back on one of President Trump’s favourite criticisms of the media. “Fake news,” they tweeted in response to NPR’s tweet saying that all men are created equal. The user later clarified that the tweet was sent out in jest.
Twitter user @JohnLemos11, whose account has now been deleted, tweeted at NPR yesterday, “Propaganda is that all you know how? Try supporting a man who wants to do something about the Injustice in this country.”
“This is why you’re going to get defunded,” user Darren Mills tweeted at NPR. “Seriously, this is the dumbest idea I have ever seen on twitter. Literally no one is going to read 5000 tweets about this trash.”
Several people pointed out to the critics that NPR was tweeting out the Declaration of Independence. And the responses from Trump supporters slamming NPR for its tweets and appearing to view them as anti-Trump propaganda were “telling,” said one observer.
So, NPR is calling for revolution.
Interesting way to condone the violence while trying to sound “patriotic”.
Your implications are clear.
— D.G.Davies (@JustEsrafel) July 4, 2017
Seriously, this is the dumbest idea I have ever seen on twitter. Literally no one is going to read 5000 tweets about this trash.
— Darren Mills ???????? (@darren_mills) July 4, 2017