Bringing its 29-year on-air tradition to social media, NPR tweeted the Declaration of Independence - the nation's founding document - on its official Twitter account on Fourth of July, the American Independence Day. As the public radio network tweeted the Declaration, line by line, in 113 consecutive posts, some supporters of US President Donald Trump furiously lashed out at NPR and branded the text "propaganda".
A number of people called the text "trash", a waste of time and a call "for revolution".
A few said NPR's tweets were justification for the broadcaster to lose federal funding and called it "the dumbest idea" ever seen on the platform. At least one person questioned whether NPR's Twitter account had been hacked.
One Declaration tweet read: "It is the right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government."
In response, one Twitter user wrote: "So, NPR is calling for revolution. Interesting way to condone the violence while trying to sound 'patriotic'. Your implications are clear."
The conversation got particularly heated when NPR began to tweet out the section of the Declaration that outlined the injustices of Britain's George III against the then-colonies. Many Trump supporters were infuriated assuming the tweets were in reference to the president and the current administration.
"He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers," one line of the Declaration reads. "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."
Twitter users pounced on the opportunity to mock Trump supporters who were left confused by the historic US document.
"That's what happens when people don't actually READ it... they just recite the part(s) that fit their narrative", one Twitter user wrote. Another tweeted: "It's very telling that Trump fans thought criticisms of the oppressive British King were attacks on Trump."
"When the Declaration of Independence is seen as propaganda and revolutionary, we know we are in trouble #25thAmendmentNow," one person wrote.
One person chimed: "Oh the sweet, sweet irony."