President Donald Trump on Monday disobeyed pleas from his aides and stared directly into a solar eclipse without wearing any protective glasses.
As the Wall Street Journal’s Ted Mann reports, Trump removed his glasses and stared directly at the sun even as someone in the crowd below yelled at him to not look.
As he did this, someone in a crowd of aides below shouted "Don't look." pic.twitter.com/dtfSLEzcAZ
— Ted Mann (@TMannWSJ) August 21, 2017
Other Twitter users quickly laughed at Trump, who is infamously resistant to taking any sort of advice, no matter how well founded.
Check out some of the top reactions below.
Finally preparing to set up a blind trust
— Jason Aycock (@AlphaJason) August 21, 2017
“I have the best eyes, truly fantastic vision. Better than 50/50. Seriously, these are great. They could eclipse the sun by themselves.”
— Mick Axelrod (@mickaxelrod) August 21, 2017
He’s so vain he probably thought the eclipse was about him.
— Jane Collins (@mejaneuplain) August 21, 2017
If he doesn’t see his shadow, do we get six more weeks of authoritarianism?
— Lindsay Beyerstein (@Beyerstein) August 21, 2017
If you have a red Trump hat on, you do not have to wear those cardboard glasses when staring at the eclipse. You are protected.
— Mark (@Mark11skoda) August 21, 2017
— Kilgore Trout (@KT_So_It_Goes) August 21, 2017
he probably thought it was fake news to not look at the sun
— mark (@pawpaw_mark) August 21, 2017
Who has the forthcoming scoop about how hard Ivanka and Jared tried to get him to wear the glasses?
— Jesse Ferguson (@JesseFFerguson) August 21, 2017
You know this happened because somebody said “Don’t look.” pic.twitter.com/51BTysFDBY
— Maya (@MF_Greatest) August 21, 2017
And I was worried about my kindergartener today. ♂️
— Casey Clark (@CaseyRClark) August 21, 2017
"Fake news. He was looking at the moon." – Sarah Huckabee Sanders, later today, I assume https://t.co/Hi0m1em59r
— Hemant Mehta (@hemantmehta) August 21, 2017