Good morning, and to those of you who have been vacationing or spending time away from the Internet these past few days, welcome back. It’s good to have you this morning.
Meanwhile, yesterday NPR tweeted the Declaration of Independence 140 characters at a time, an annual tradition. However, some Trump supporters who didn’t recognize the words to the Declaration of Independence took issue with NPR. It was pretty funny.
Here’s some examples:
When you're triggered by the Declaration of Independence bc you want so badly to submit to King Donald the Doll-Handed…. pic.twitter.com/aEyLEu24Qc— Alexandra 🦅 (@AlexandraAimee) July 4, 2017
NPR tweeted out the entire Declaration of Independence, and wow… uh… the responses are… something. pic.twitter.com/KurdVurRgW— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) July 5, 2017
DEFUND #NPR let the Hollywood Elites pay for your biased propaganda— Diesel 👌🇺🇸👍 (@ScandalSheet) July 4, 2017
OK, a couple of things: There were several round-ups of these tweets around the Internet, and they all used the same five or six tweets, because there were only 5 or 6 to choose from. This wasn’t a widespread reaction. There were hundreds more people laughing and complaining about these five or six Trump supporters.
It is SO telling that @npr is tweeting our Declaration Independence… and Trump supporters think it's an anti-Trump tirade.— Matthew Ebel (@matthewebel) July 4, 2017
NPR called treasonous for tweeting the Declaration of Independence is just more proof Trump voters hate America and all that it stands for.— Radio Justice 📻🎙 (@justiceputnam) July 5, 2017
People getting mad at NPR for tweeting the Declaration of Independence, thinking it's anti-Trump tweets, is the best fucking thing ever— Haitch Kay (@Haitch_Kay) July 5, 2017
Tweets from people laughing far outnumbered the pro-Trump tweets. This is sometimes what we do on the Internet — mainstream a few rando Twitter trolls — and it always rubs me the wrong way. Bygones. Truthfully, there might have been more if more Trump supporters actually followed NPR.
But let’s also be honest about something else: Twitter is not always chronological, and if this tweet popped up on your feed without any other context, it might take a minute to figure out what’s going on.
it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,— NPR (@NPR) July 4, 2017
It’s better to stop and figure out the context than to react in a knee-jerk fashion, but knee-jerk reactions is the stuff of Twitter.
Anyway, this post is not about those people. It’s really about one guy, a guy who pops up on every one of these rounds ups. His Twitter name is D.G. Davies:
So, NPR is calling for revolution.— D.G.Davies (@JustEsrafel) July 4, 2017
Interesting way to condone the violence while trying to sound "patriotic".
Your implications are clear.
This tweet is one of the first examples of the “dumb, uneducated Trump supporters” that show up in these round ups. But here’s what these Twitter rounds ups do not include:
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
Okay, okay…I screwed up with @npr. I jumped the gun and tweeted when I should have waited for them to finish. I offer my apologies.— D.G.Davies (@JustEsrafel) July 5, 2017
Well, you guys corrected me. What better way to be schooled about this than by other Americans? I knee jerked and should have let NPR finish— D.G.Davies (@JustEsrafel) July 5, 2017
I know, I know.— D.G.Davies (@JustEsrafel) July 5, 2017
So this is bad15 minutes of fame but I kinda appreciated the pile on.
Thanks man. I'll take more time (like I did before Twitter) to stop and think before I run my mouth.— D.G.Davies (@JustEsrafel) July 5, 2017
What better lesson to learn on today.
…and had a stupid moment.— D.G.Davies (@JustEsrafel) July 5, 2017
Never underestimate one's capacity to learn. Sometimes it's painful. But it's valuable above pride.
I can't reply to you all. But stay tuned.— D.G.Davies (@JustEsrafel) July 5, 2017
To those that want to mock me…go for it. I deserve it.
To those that forgive my "sin", thank you
Look: There’s a lot of anti-Obama, anti-media rhetoric on this guy’s timeline, and I’m by no means suggesting he is an American hero or anything, but he also did something we don’t see very often on Twitter. He apologized, and he owned his mistake, and he was a good guy about it. In this political climate, that is extraordinary.
And you know what? After he admitted his mistake, most people were remarkably decent about it:
👍🏽respect to you for owning your mistake. Have a good night!— Shahriar Chowdhury (@ShahChowdhury21) July 5, 2017
You give me hope for humanity and inspire me to do better too. ❤️❤️❤️❤️— m. woodley (@Woodleyipt) July 5, 2017
#Respect for owning ur mistake and apologizing - we need much more of this. TY for setting a great example— Kar'nLynn (@Kailenn10) July 5, 2017
Why did you have to be so reasonable about screwing up? I was planning on taunting you and now I can't. Sad.— Jonnie Parkin (@JonnieParkin) July 5, 2017
Good for you! I too have learnt things from opposing views calling me out, all I've ever asked is that we keep it civil. Stay classy!— Celeste Thomas (@mamapie) July 5, 2017
Hats off to you sir !— laurathebadseed (@laurathebadseed) July 5, 2017
I was angry to see the initial tweet and very happy to see this. Good on you.— Jonathan B Welch (@jonathanbwelch) July 5, 2017
Kudos to you & I hope others will read this too & will also read the Constitution they r wonderful documents.— NotMyPres (@ResistPres) July 5, 2017
Civility, y’all! I dig it. It’s pretty remarkable how well people can get along even on the Twitter when we don’t dig in our heels, admit when we’re wrong (on both sides), and stop shouting each other down.
Our President could learn something from D.G. Davies.