NPR meant the series of more than a 100 tweets as a celebration of the founding document of the country and did it to honour of a 29-year tradition of reading the Declaration on air.
Some saw the tweets as particularly relevant to the state of current affairs and praised the action as a reminder of why federal funding for the public broadcaster should not be cut, as the Trump administration has proposed.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,— NPR (@NPR) July 4, 2017
However, the tweets drew the ire of several more people; some tweeting that NPR was inciting violence and revolution against Mr Trump.
Some were short and to the point, though misspelt:
Horsechit— Terry (@xebec78) July 4, 2017
And some were deleted after people realised their mistake, but were still documented by writer and Twitter user Parker Molloy:
More than a few people thought the tweets were justification for the broadcaster to lose funding and called the tweets "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
This is spam I get alerts for NPR tweets because they are important My device is alarming nonstop. unfollowing.— Brandon Travan (@btravan_IT) July 4, 2017
At least one person recognised his "stupid" moment, however, after ironically tweeting that NPR was calling for a "revolution" and makes a good point about the Declaration of Independence.
I was terribly stupid for this comment. I won't delete it though. I don't think most of us would recognize this if read.— D.G.Davies (@JustEsrafel) July 5, 2017
I learned my lesson