When National Public Radio tweeted the Declaration of Independence on July 4 of this year, the reaction was, to put it as accurately as I can, weird. There were objections from people who claimed it was a waste of Twitter space (is irony really that hard to recognize?) punctuated by two oft-repeated responses from one Darren Mills:
Seriously, this is the dumbest idea have ever seen on twitter. Literally no one is going to read 5000 tweets about this trash.
This is why you are going to get defunded.
Mr. Mills, trasher of important historical documents, identifies himself as “Libertarian. Christian. Ex-writer for big news. Blackballed media journalist thanks to left wing/feminist job lynch mob.” In an earlier archived screenshot he identifies himself as a regular guest on @CSPAN, @MSNBC, @NPR and @Business.
“Left wing/feminist job lynch mob” may be a bit of a tell, but the problem is that there’s no record of a Darren Mills ever having written for any of these outlets. In fact, for a person of his “renown,” a mere six Twitter followers is only 6/17 as many as I have—and I tweet about once a year.
And that’s not even the best part. Apparently some Twitter Trumpians, super-patriots that they profess to be, objected to the following NPR tweets:
“He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers,”
“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.”
Those two passages from the Declaration refer specifically to England’s George III and served as an attempt rouse the colonists to revolution 241 years ago. But to many Trump supporters—and yes to others—it looked like a direct reference to our half-wit president who is, in fact, an obstructor of justice and a self-styled princely tyrant.
I congratulate these Trump voters for their insight (an insight I wish they had utilized last November) for they know exactly the person they voted for, even when described in words two and one-half centuries old. And if by wearing that goofy red hat they continue to show their support publicly, at least now the rest of us understand that they do know the truth.
I wonder if they’d like to take back their vote.