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Some Trump Supporters Got Mad at NPR for Tweeting the Declaration of Independence

... on Independence Day.

Yesterday was Independence Day, the fourth of July, when we all get together, grill food, set off explosives, and sometimes even remember that the day is all about the United States of America adopting the Declaration of Independence on the same day in 1776. As such, you might think that simply reading off that document would fall well within the day’s festivities, but some Trump supporters felt personally affronted by the 200-plus-year-old Declaration.

Yesterday, NPR sent out the Declaration of Independence (approximately) 140 characters at a time on Twitter, and the responses from Trump supporters ranged from suspicious of their intentions to seemingly outright ignorance of what they were actually reading—and I’m legitimately unsure which is worse. What must it be like to be the kind of person who sees a historical document, on a day specifically set aside to celebrate that exact document, and take it as an attack?

Truly, the mind marvels, but I suppose we could ask some of the people who left these replies:

Some of them have already owned up to the mistake and/or deleted their accounts in embarrassment. Meanwhile, the anti-Trump crowd was quick to point out that there may be a reason so much of the Declaration sounds so relevant to Trump—that of being written about rule by a tyrant who flouts the law—and his supporters might not want to be so quick to admit that.

(via Parker Molloy, Gizmodo, image: Shutterstock/a katz)

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