Today, Americans were united by a common sense of awe as they viewed the solar eclipse. While most of them had the common sense to wear special glasses while viewing it so as to avoid inflicting possible irreparable eye damage, Donald Trump decided he knew better than scientists and looked directly at the sun.
Many took the chance to mock Trump’s trademark idiocy and ignorance. Instead of making a joke about the eclipse, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright seized the opportunity to offer a message of hope about the American future. She tweeted:
— Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) August 21, 2017
Her message is clear. While the United States is certainly in a dark place – reaching a new low last week when President Trump spoke in defense of violent Neo-Nazis – it cannot last forever. The dark shadow Donald Trump currently casts over the United States will pass in time and the nation will once again return to projecting world leadership.
Albright was our country’s first female Secretary of State and served under President Bill Clinton. Her service is a reminder of the deep debt this country owes to its strong, intelligent, patriotic women.
In moments like this, it’s impossible not to reflect on how much better the country would be right now if Hillary Clinton had been elected. If we can learn from our greatest national mistake, Donald Trump, we can build a better future.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.