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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

It’s the Fourth of July, which means it’s time, once again, for patriotic displays of deep-rooted American traditions. Across the nation, citizens will gather to celebrate the birth of the nation with fireworks and apple pie; and they will watch, once again, as Donald Trump supporters accuse National Public Radio of inciting a treasonous uprising against the president by tweeting out the Declaration of Independence.

As per it’s own annual tradition, NPR last year tweeted out the Declaration of Independence line-by-line—a seemingly innocuous tribute to the nation’s founding document, which outlined the thirteen original colonies’ intention to separate from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Defenders of the president attacked NPR for “calling for a revolution” by tweeting phrases like “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.”

Many patriots remembered last year’s MAGA-snafu, and pulled up front row seats to this year’s explosive fireworks display:

Some, however, did not get the memo:

NPR’s line-by-line tweeting will continue throughout the day. We will update this post later with more MAGA outrage which will inevitably transpire as it moves through the text.

Happy Fourth of July!

 

Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @lizacisms.