When Mike Rounds, a South Dakota senator, tweeted about how the Founding Fathers wouldn't approve of Washington DC's rise to statehood, he prompted thousands of responses from Twitter users on what the Founders would approve of. The result was not pretty.

“Founding Fathers” began trending on Twitter due to a tweet by South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds. The tweet claimed the Founding Fathers never intended for Washington D.C. to achieve statehood and the idea of it becoming a state was part of a “left-wing agenda.”

The tweet prompted thousands of responses from different groups including minorities, women, guns legislation activists, and others who critiqued Rounds’s response at a logical level. All these groups pointed out two things: that the Founding Fathers were not the height of morality and the ideas the Founders wanted America to embrace has changed and will continue to change as the country undergoes growth at a technological level and a spiritual level.

Most women and minority tweeters continued to talk about how the Founders interpreted their existence in the 1700s versus how things are for them currently. Among the topics discussed was how the Founders never intended suffrage for women and freedom for minorities.

For the anti-gun, pro-legislation groups, the focus was more on how the Founders never could have predicted how guns would evolve into what they are today. Many of those talking about the Colorado shooting bled over into this new discussion as well. A large part of this discussion focused on the difference between the single-shot musket, which was what the Founders were familiar with, and the AR-15, an average gun by today’s standards.

For most others, the focus was on South Dakota and how there was a controversy between the Founders on whether the state should exist. The topic is relevant because that is the state Rounds represents. Many of the Tweets question if Rounds would continue to support this idea of the Founders still being a huge part of the government’s decision-making process if the government began to look at the necessity of South Dakota’s statehood.  

 

As the debate on the statehood of Washington D.C. continues to develop,  more politicians will comment on the idea. The number of comments that will be positive or negative will depend on how the public continues to react to this idea.