- I won't delete it. If my stupidity spurns us to READ our Declaration of Independence then I don't mind the comments. Worth the embarrassment.
No, NPR, Trump, and the Revolution is not the name of a new musical act involving the former backup band to the late artist, Prince. Instead, it is a comical yet pathetic controversy involving the not-so-bright supporters of Donald Trump.
In case you’re unaware, NPR radio has a 30-year history of reciting the Declaration of Independence over its airwaves every Independence Day. However, this year, the public radio network added a twist to its regular tradition by posting the historic document word for word on Twitter. Well, that is when the real Fourth of July fireworks began.
Apparently, an overwhelming contingency of Donald Trump supporters from sea to shining sea spent their years in high school history class fast asleep at their desks — because the intellectually challenged “Trumpies” mistook the 241-year-old declaration as an actual call by NPR to overthrow the Trump-led government!
Sadly, throngs of people foolishly assumed that the “He” in the NPR tweet was Donald Trump. Of course, the rest of us with a high school diploma recognized the “He” as the former King of Great Britain referenced in the original declaration. Nevertheless, with Trumpies being Trumpies, all hell broke loose.
“So, NPR is calling for revolution,” one user tweeted. “Interesting way to condone the violence while trying to sound ‘patriotic.'”
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
Another user tweeted that propaganda is all that NPR knows.
*heavy sigh* pic.twitter.com/Pb35SNdKqe
— Melissa Martin (@DoubleEmMartin) July 4, 2017
Some users called NPR a “fake news” organization that was playing partisan politics and attacking the president. Others taunted NPR over Trump’s budget proposal to slash endowments for the arts and humanities and called for the station to lose its funding.
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
Later, several people facetiously made donations to NPR in his name.
To set the record straight, the Declaration of Independence was originally written by Thomas Jefferson and was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, as a means to separate from the Kingdom of Britain and form an independent union. It was never a partisan document and its words were not some partisan stunt concocted by NPR.
By Wednesday morning, Trump supporters gradually came to realize the ignorance of their assumptions and that NPR was not calling for an overthrow of the Trump government. In response, most deleted their comments and/or Twitter accounts altogether and ran to hide under a rock.
However, one Trumpie interestingly chose to leave his tweet posted and even offered an apology.
“I won’t delete it. If my stupidity spurns us to READ our Declaration of Independence then I don’t mind the comments. Worth the embarrassment” wrote D.G.Davies.