Sorry, Trumpsters: NPR’s Declaration of Independence tweets were not a call for revolution
In moving to the modern era, National Public Radio tweeted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, and some Trump supporters lost their minds.
On Independence Day, just as it has for 29 years, the voices familiar to NPR’s listeners read the document, a few lines at a time. It has been an almost nostalgic practice, prompting listeners to remember their history lessons and to get them in a patriotic mood for a day of celebrating the nation’s freedoms. We listened for the lines most Americans learned in school.
I say “most Americans,” because apparently some supporters of Donald Trump must have flunked American history or at least cut class the day those words from Thomas Jefferson were discussed.
NPR sent out tweet after tweet, whatever would fit into 140 characters or less. There were 100 tweets in all, with lines that should be familiar to most of us.
Unfortunately, some Trumpinistas didn’t see it that way. They saw the exercise as a call for revolution by liberal journalists — the “fake news,” “lamestream” media.
@JohnLemos11: Propaganda is that all that you know how? Try supporting a man who wants to do something about the injustice in this country #drainingtheswamp.
@JustEsrafel: So NPR is calling for revolution. Interesting way to condone the violence while trying to sound “patriotic.” Your implications are clear.
@darren_mills: 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: This is why you’re going to get defunded
@cavecreekdeb: Please. This is not the right place.
This may be my favorite:
NPR listeners familiar with the tradition likely enjoyed listening to the annual radio recitation and reading the tweets. But I bet most Trumpsters don’t listen to NPR.
A Huffiington Post story about this brouhaha reported that many of these ignorant tweets have since been deleted, and that at least one user has deleted an entire account, suggesting once again that these instant-reaction tweets are from bots more than from real people. Still, the level of ignorance is stunning, something noted by others on Twitter.
@matthewebel: It is SO telling that @npr is tweeting our Declaration Independence … and Trump supporters think it’s an anti-Trump tirade.
When the Tea Party gained prominence in 2009 and 2010, those conservatives loved to brag about how much they “loved the Constitution” and that they were so much more knowledgeable about what the founding fathers would have wanted. Somehow, given that Tea Partiers and Trump backers are cut from the same cloth, I’m skeptical about that level of knowledge from either group.
Here’s some advice for Trump supporters. Take a field trip to Washington, D.C., and visit the National Archives. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are on display in the building’s rotunda. Lights are kept low, so as not to damage the historic documents, often referred to as the “Charters of Freedom.”
It’s free. And you might actually learn something.