The July 4th holiday is a famously slow news cycle. From the hallowed halls of the New York Times, to the lowest clickbait farm, news organizations struggle to string together a mix of pre-planned programming and gimmicks to get through the desert.
To that end, the always clever NPR decided to tweet the Declaration of Independence — the entire Declaration of Independence — to mark the holiday.
Quite frankly, it would be hard to think of something less controversial to do.
Incredibly, the Trumpian MAGAsphere on Twitter, looking for liberal bias around every corner, took exception to some of Jefferson’s famous words.
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.
— NPR (@NPR) July 4, 2017
Without taking a moment to consider what might have been the context, MAGA warriors online seized on the tweet as NPR calling Trump a “tyrant” — and possibly even calling for revolution.
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
I think this one is officially my favorite response to the Declaration of Independence pic.twitter.com/jr9q6wobdq
— Amanda Bise (@amandabise) July 5, 2017
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) July 5, 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
This woman thought someone hacked the NPR account. She eventually figured it out, though. pic.twitter.com/JjJ990rB4g
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) July 5, 2017
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