No, really. Here it is.
There are two stages of cringe after a given Trump tweet, we now know. The first is the tweet itself, which is, y’know, not great. The second is a cacophony of shrieking Trump opponents falling over one another to deliver the most scathing reply to the president.
And here we are to present some of the better replies to Trump’s weak meme game.
Let me fix the eclipse since we know that Obama is beating Trump in every which way such as polls and inaugural crowds. pic.twitter.com/SSaappvKkd— Molly Brown (@MollyBrown28) August 24, 2017
Many pointed out that a solar eclipse involves a small, cold, barren object (the moon) blocking out a huge, warm, bright one (the sun) for only a few minutes, creating total darkness for a brief period but then moving on and allowing the sun to shine once more.
Is a tweet from the President suggesting he sees himself as a "dark inanimate object obscuring a source of light?"https://t.co/RqvkIKpD4d— John Berman (@JohnBerman) August 24, 2017
This metaphor makes Trump the moon and Obama the sun, and Trump only temporarily passing in front https://t.co/AM4uLmRTyr— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) August 24, 2017
Of course, eclipse has another meaning: to overshadow the significance or prominence of something else. While approval ratings are a highly limited method of judging a president’s success, it is worth noting that 217 days into his own administration, Obama’s approval ratings “eclipsed” Trump’s — 51.7 percent to 37 percent.
He's eclipsing the sun with darkness? His ineptitude is overshadowing Obama's legacy? He's admitting to being racist? I don't get it. 🤷🏻♀️ https://t.co/DmmmsWQUYx— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 24, 2017
Eclipse also has a third, lesser-known meaning. It comes from the Greek verb ekleipo, which means “to cease to exist.” Perhaps Trump is trying to hint that he is about to shed his human costume and return to his home dimension, thus making Mike Pence president?