Today, the nation was captivated by the first solar eclipse in 38 years. Despite weeks of warning by scientists urging Americans not to look directly at the sun without protective eyewear, an image of Trump looking directly into the sky has since gone viral.
As we prepare for Trump to address the country tonight, comedian Chelsea Handler issued a hilarious warning.
Tonight, Trump’s addressing the nation. Everyone should keep their eclipse glasses to protect eyes from the giant, orange ball of gas.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) August 21, 2017
Trump is largely expected to announce a surge of as many as 4,000 new American troops into Afghanistan, breaking with his longstanding stance against continued military intervention there.
When will we stop wasting our money on rebuilding Afghanistan? We must rebuild our country first.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2011
It is time to get out of Afghanistan. We are building roads and schools for people that hate us. It is not in our national interests.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 27, 2012
China is getting minerals from Afghanistan http://t.co/uNxQYQWi We are getting our troops killed by the Afghani govt't. Time to get out.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 29, 2012
Why are we continuing to train these Afghanis who then shoot our soldiers in the back? Afghanistan is a complete waste. Time to come home!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2012
Let’s get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train and we waste billions there. Nonsense! Rebuild the USA.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2013
We should leave Afghanistan immediately. No more wasted lives. If we have to go back in, we go in hard & quick. Rebuild the US first.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2013
A likely justification for this abrupt change of heart is the fact that Trump is looking for a distraction upon returning from what is believed to be the most damaging week of his presidency. The President’s failure to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis at two separate rallies – in Charlottesville, Virginia and Boston, Massachusetts – has upended the West Wing and led to a slew of high-profile criticisms.
While Trump engages is his distracting tactics, take note: keep the eclipse glasses on.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.