It’s hard to miss the annual Fourth of July celebrations which engulf the States in fireworks, hot dogs and smarmy Instagram posts.
In news that will come as a shock to most, the best thing to come out of July 4 celebrations this year wasn’t this newsreader getting puked on. Instead, it was NPR’s decision to tweet the entire Declaration of Independence. Being restricted to 140 characters per Tweet, it took them 113 posts to get to the very end (they made sure to include every signature).
It makes sense that on a day which celebrates independence from a British tyrant, a national broadcaster reminds the American people about the revolutionary document which underpins their liberties and social mores. The thing is, most of the statements (frozen in isolation) were mistaken for leftist criticism of the current American tyrant causing controversy. As some have pointed out, the fact that parallels were drawn between Trump and a radical tyrant means that, on some level, even his supporters agree. At the very least, they recognise the way he appears as tyrannical.
People got insanely upset about lines like:
“He has obstructed the administration of justice”, and “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,”
And then this guy’s ~personal journey~