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Trump supporters saw the Declaration of Independence and thought it was liberal propaganda

In a July 4 tradition that goes back 29 years, NPR has been reading the Declaration of Independence on air for its listeners. This year, they also decided to bang out the document on Twitter at 140 characters at a time. But the segmented chunks of text confused some die-hard Trump supporters who thought the publicly-funded network was making a Resistance-fueled dig at the President.

The DOI is fervently anti-authoritarian, so it’s understandable why some would think bits and pieces of it are statements against Trump. But that’s why the Trumpkin outrage is a perfect example of how little they understand the media: Would NPR tweet out a screed that directly attacks the President? No, that makes zero sense. But explain that to someone who calls CNN “fake news.”

One Trump supporter, Darren Mills, was triggered even before NPR got into the body of text:

Calls to “defund” NPR was the theme for much of the backlash:

https://twitter.com/ScandalSheet/status/882323029912694785

Some thought the progressive “revolution” was nigh:

Many of the tweets have now been deleted, but Winnipeg Free Press reporter Melissa Martin was able to get a few screen shots:

A few more were captured by Upworthy’s Parker Molloy:

In a statement to The Washington Post, NPR spokesperson Isabel Lara said that posting the entire DOI to Twitter was a way for the tradition to reach more people.

“This year we mirrored that tradition on Twitter as a way to extend to social media what we do on the air,” Lara said. “The tweets were shared by thousands of people and generated a lively conversation.”

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