These Memes & Jokes About Trump Looking At The Eclipse Without Glasses Are Lit
As Americans across the country rushed to witness the total solar eclipse on Monday, Donald Trump looked at the solar eclipse without glasses. The report of Trump glaring into the total solar eclipse came from Ted Mann, a journalist working for the Wall Street Journal. Mann tweeted an image of Trump standing next to his wife Melania and son Barron while squinting at the sky from the terrace of the White House. "As [Trump] did this, someone in a crowd of aides below shouted, 'Don't look.'" Clearly, the president paid no heed to the advice and decided to lock eyes with the sun.
The incident may have stunned some, but many on Twitter had already kind of predicted the scenario, with jokes about the president refusing to believe the scientific fact that looking at a total solar eclipse could cause significant damage to one's vision.
In a video shared by Evan McMurry, you can hear someone shout at Trump, "Don't look!" But the president can be seen smiling happily standing next to the First Lady, gesturing, and then pointing at the sky while looking at the eclipse. Several in the crowd laughed incredulously at the spectacle.
Naturally, Twitter came out with the jokes.
1. This GIF
Just glaring up.
2. Fake News!
"Mister President, the news is saying you shouldn't look directly into the sun"— Barstool News (BNN) (@BarstoolNewsN) August 21, 2017
"Who's saying it"
An inevitable "fake news" joke.
3. Is He Even Listening?
Doing what he pleases.
4. Don't Look
SCIENTISTS: Climate change is real! Also don’t stare into the sun during the eclipse.— Eric Reif (@esreif) August 21, 2017
A man of his own will.
5. A Pretty Great Tucker Carlson Joke
Preview of tonight’s Tucker Carlson pic.twitter.com/DawbInUrWl— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) August 21, 2017
6. Worth Pondering Over
If Trump stares at the sun during the eclipse and becomes blind, is that a good enough reason for impeachment? 🤔🤔🤔 #SomeoneMakeHimLook— Miles Mayo (@may_yo13) August 21, 2017
It's a reasonable question.
"Only losers take advice from scientists. Sad!"
8. He Doesn't Care, It Seems
The fact that #Trump kept staring at the eclipse w/o shades before totality ─ despite cues from his wife, family, & audience ─ says it all.— I, Scotticus (@artisan002) August 21, 2017
9. Both Sides
Trump viewed the eclipse. He decided that the sun and moon are equally to blame.— Chuck Agro (@ChuckAgrowrites) August 21, 2017
You have to blame the sun and the moon.
10. Peak Trump
Trump staring directly at the eclipse is peak Trump pic.twitter.com/5jyxFxyylJ— Dumb Idiot Riley Fox (@riley_fox) August 21, 2017
For some, this scenario encapsulated what Trump meant to them.
For others, it was just embarrassing.
I was hoping for this to happen to Trump when he looked directly into the solar eclipse. There is no God. pic.twitter.com/jiXYswEeMN— D。J。ミックサー ¦ DJ Mixer (@mixerhatestwita) August 21, 2017
A few had a rather dramatic interpretation of events.
So... Trump looked at the eclipse with no glasses... mhmm pic.twitter.com/cpIGqxWvj4— inari briana . 稲荷 (@inaribriana) August 21, 2017
For some, it is still stunning that he did it.
14. Trump Beat You To It
I came here to write a joke about how Trump probably looked directly at the eclipse, only to find out Trump looked directly at the eclipse— Steve Coombs (@steve_coombs) August 21, 2017
Many noticed how their jokes turned out to be true.
15. A Glorious Close-Up
Trump looking at the eclipse.... pic.twitter.com/Y338XGUawc— Man dogg (@terrymaximo) August 21, 2017
Just basking in the sun.
On a more serious note, however, it is important to remember that solar retinopathy is an actual thing with actual consequences for your eyesight. Staring at a solar eclipse is uniquely devastating for your eyes because our natural reaction to avert our gaze is lowered during the dim light of a solar eclipse. But the damage is just as bad, if not more, as staring at the regular sun.
If you really want to look at the total solar eclipse, just invest in proper glasses or create your own pinhole camera. And remember that it's always better to be safe than sorry.