NPR’s Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence tweet­storm con­fuses some

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Na­tional Pub­lic Ra­dio marked the Fourth of July by tweeting the en­tire Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence, but it seems some Twit­ter users didn’t rec­og­nize what they were read­ing.

The broad­caster tweeted out the words of the dec­la­ra­tion line-by-line Tues­day. Some of the founders’ crit­i­cisms of King Ge­orge III were met with an­gry re­sponses from sup­port­ers of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who seemed to be­lieve the tweets were a ref­er­ence to his pres­i­dency.

One tweet read, “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.”

An­other said: “and to­tally un­wor­thy the Head of a civ­i­lized na­tion.”

A Twit­ter user ac­cused NPR of con­don­ing vi­o­lence while try­ing to sound patriotic. The user apol­o­gized af­ter the mis­un­der­stand­ing was pointed out.

An­other asked if the tweet was talk­ing about the U.S. cur­rent for­eign agenda, ask­ing if Amer­i­cans were the tyrants.

Oth­ers were un­der the im­pres­sion NPR was try­ing to pro­voke Trump with the tweets and praised the out­let for do­ing so. Many, rec­og­niz­ing it was the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence, said how history is re­peat­ing it­self.

NPR broad­cast its an­nual read­ing of the dec­la­ra­tion for the 29th straight year on In­de­pen­dence Day. This is the first year the tra­di­tion has been ex­tended to Twit­ter.

Spokes­woman Allyssa Pol­lard says the tweets were shared by thou­sands of peo­ple and gen­er­ated “a lively con­ver­sa­tion.”

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