Bringing up the viral image of President Donald Trump staring at the sun without protective glasses during Monday’s solar eclipse, Fox News host Tucker Carlson appeared to joke that the move was “not a complete surprise” on his show Monday evening.
“Even the President saw it, but in a move that is not a complete surprise, he looked directly at the sun, without any glasses, perhaps the most impressive thing any President has ever done,” he said.
Carlson later confirmed that he was, in fact, kidding. “It was a test to see if liberals are really as slow and humorless as people claim,” he said in a statement. “Turns out they are.”
Twitter was debating whether Carlson was being sarcastic in his comments.
Parody meets reality on Tucker Carlson
"He looked at the sun without any glasses. Perhaps the most impressive thing any president has done." pic.twitter.com/Ukl3ckdvVq
— Nathan McDermott (@natemcdermott) August 22, 2017
Oh I'm sure he'll come on later and say it was a joke, but honestly it didn't look like a joke. Tucker Carlson is an idiot.
— Kathy Attwood (@Graceolo1) August 22, 2017
There's nothing impressive about ignoring what scientists have said for decades aka staring at an eclipse w/o glasses @TuckerCarlson
— Austin Graves (@AustinGravesWGT) August 22, 2017
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