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NPR Tweeted the Entire Declaration of Independence & People Got Very Confused

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NPR really shook up the internet when they tweeted the Declaration of Independence line by line in celebration of the Fourth of July. Just a reminder: Indepence Day is a celebration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, so tweeting it for the holiday is a totally reasonable and appropriate thing to do. But not everyone saw it that way.

Some ~enthusiastic~ individuals saw some of the tweets, specifically the ones attacking a "Prince" or "Tyrant," as a direct attack on the current President of the United States. Ironically, many seemed not to understand that NPR was tweeting the Declaration—and, presumably upon the realization of their mistake, have deleted their tweets. Shocker. But some gems still remain.

One account simply replied "Stop" to each tweet.

On the flipside, others saw the dated wording of the Declaration as slightly hypocritical given that the original document left out women and people of color.

Overall, many saw the tweets as a good reminder of the ideals our country was founded upon at a time when some of these basic tenets seem to be forgotten. 

In the end, it's awfully hard to argue that NPR's Twitter spree was unwarranted given the historical context of the Fourth of July. Maybe some people need to take a history lesson about our founding documents.


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