Trump Supporters Attack The Declaration Of Independence As ‘Biased’ To Defend Trump. Seriously
The Declaration of Independence is one of the most cherished documents in the United States. We even make movies about it like it’s the Ark of the Covenant. But some Trump supporters were a bit confused yesterday after NPR tweeted the entire document in 140-character chunks to celebrate Independence Day. Somehow, they thought the tweets were a political stance against Donald Trump. Seriously.
Some Trump supporters saw phrases like “unworthy the Head of a civilized nation” as biased. They assumed that NPR was blasting the current president rather than King George in 1776.
NPR has been reading the Declaration of Independence on air in a tradition that dates back 29 years. And in fairness, the Declaration of Independence is a pretty anti-authoritarian document. So it makes sense that people might believe that it’s a statement against all tyrants.
241 years ago today, church bells rang out over Philadelphia as the Declaration of Independence was adopted https://t.co/PAcHgLqOUE
— NPR (@NPR) July 4, 2017
You’d think that people who want to “make America great again” might recognize the words of the Declaration of Independence. I guess not. The line about the right of the people to abolish the current government and form a new one struck a chord with some Trump enthusiasts.
DEFUND #NPR let the Hollywood Elites pay for your biased propaganda
— Diesel 👌🇺🇸👍 (@ScandalSheet) July 4, 2017
And some Trump fans were particularly offended by the line about King George being an “unworthy” leader of a civilized nation, believing that perhaps NPR was talking about a different tyrant:
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
Some Trump supporters even called the Declaration of Independence “trash”:
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
While others assumed that the word “obstructed” might be a little to close the charges of “obstruction” against President Trump:
— Terry (@xebec78) July 4, 2017
And even after it was pointed out that NPR was simply tweeting the Declaration of Independence, some people still saw an anti-Trump political motivation in the whole process:
No bias here, right? Move along according to @NPR.
— Trey Bartle (@treybartle1) July 5, 2017
Apparently, NPR needs more “balance,” maybe by reading out the arguments made by supporters of King George in 1776?
Glad you are being defunded. You have never been balanced on your show.
— Alma sanchez (@Almasan93753248) July 4, 2017
Yes, Trump supporters believe that you gotta hear both sides. If you’re going to tweet out the Declaration of Independence, why not The Art of the Deal or other texts written by authoritarians? You don’t want to be seen as biased now, do you?
But I guess this is where we’re at as a country. The nation’s most treasured texts are being interpreted as protests against the president. Which really makes you wonder what Trump supporters stand for. If the Declaration of Independence is now anti-American, what counts as patriotic?
Ah yes, a song about making American great again that has North Korean-levels of creepiness. That’ll do.