- The Washington Times - Monday, July 4, 2016

Several social media users commemorated Independence Day by starting an “#AmericaWasNeverGreat” hashtag on Twitter.

The hashtag began trending the morning of the patriotic holiday, when users like Angie Whistler tweeted: “#AmericaWasNeverGreat because we refuse to accept and learn from the mistakes we made, instead we just cover them up with privilege.”

“unless you were a white man #AmericaWasNeverGreat,” chimed in user “Mulatt(h)o(e).”

“#AmericaWasNeverGreat b/c the KKK is making a comeback in 2016 but the FBI mastered a plan to disband and assassinate the black panthers,” said Jamilla Garcia in a post.

Those posts, and several others like them, garnered several hundred retweets, but also drew sharp rebukes from conservative commentators.

“If #AmericaWasNeverGreat the whole world would be speaking German or Japanese,” said conservative writer Matt Walsh in a post.

Pundit Ben Shapiro pithily noted that “#AmericaWasNeverGreat only if you ignore all of world history.”

“Of course #AmericaWasNeverGreat is trending on July 4th this year,” said Chris Townsend. “What an ungrateful, ignorant time we are living in. I for one am grateful.”

• Bradford Richardson can be reached at brichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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