On Thursday, President Trump retweeted a meme showing a picture of him blocking out a picture of former President Barack Obama. The caption read: “The Best Eclipse Ever.”
Twitter user Jerry Travone originally tweeted the meme at President Trump. According to Travone’s Twitter profile, he considers himself a “YouTube Actor and Political Junkie,” as well as a “proud Trump supporter and pushback against liberalism.”
— Jerry Travone 🎦 (@JerryTravone) August 24, 2017
President Trump retweeted the meme at 8:33 a.m. Thursday morning. Since then, the tweet has been retweeted over 8,000 times and has over 22,000 likes. More than 9,000 responded to President Trump’s retweet.
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The meme tweet came after he posted two tweets criticizing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Majority Leader Paul Ryan.
"I requested that Mitch M & Paul R tie the Debt Ceiling legislation into the popular V.A. Bill (which just passed) for easy approval. They didn't do it so now we have a big deal with Dems holding them up (as usual) on Debt Ceiling approval. Could have been so easy-now a mess!" Trump wrote in two tweets.
I requested that Mitch M & Paul R tie the Debt Ceiling legislation into the popular V.A. Bill (which just passed) for easy approval. They...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2017
...didn't do it so now we have a big deal with Dems holding them up (as usual) on Debt Ceiling approval. Could have been so easy-now a mess!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2017
While many people saw the meme as Trump stepping in front of Obama and blocking him to convey the message that he’s “better” than the former president, at least one person brought astronomy into the mix to argue that Trump is the moon, and the moon is the darkness. Twitter users also pointed out that eclipses are evanescent events, coming and going quickly without leaving any lasting impact.
Twitter user Ed Krassenstein used the left-side of his brain to dissect the eclipse-themed meme in a series of tweets.
This is actually correct. The Darkness of Trump has overtaken the brightness of Obama. The Sun is what gives us life and energy!— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) August 24, 2017
Eclipses have no positive impact on earth, while the Sun is what provides the entire world with life! Keep that in mind.— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) August 24, 2017
Other Twitter users chimed in to share their thoughts about President Trump and the "best eclipse ever" meme.
The best part about eclipses is that they are temporary and the sun always comes back— logiclust (@logiclust) August 24, 2017
Now that's an eclipse that will damage the country's vision forever...— Seph Lawless (@seph_lawless) August 24, 2017
If so, we are left in the darkness of corruption, collusion, dishonesty, bigotry, and sheer stupidity. #Resist so the sun can shine again!— Lorraine Devon Wilke (@LorraineDWilke) August 24, 2017
The solar eclipse meme retweet comes days after the president stared directly into the sun without wearing protective glasses during Monday's solar eclipse.