Tucker Carlson (probably) jokes about Trump staring at sun: ‘Most impressive thing any president has ever done’ (Video)


Tucker Carlson is known for being a Trump cheerleader, like many pundits on Fox News. But after Donald Trump boldly stared directly at today's solar eclipse for seemingly no reason, Carlson demonstrated that today's punditry is so ridiculous that jokes are now impossible to judge.

On his show, "Tucker Carlson Tonight," the Fox News host did a quick segment about the total solar eclipse over the United States, the first in 38 years. He noted that people all over the country had stopped what they were doing to view the rare celestial event, in which the moon moved between the Earth and the sun, temporarily obscuring the star. Among those who stopped to look was Trump, who turned his unshielded eyes toward the heavens and got his eyeballs blasted by solar rays.

Carlson seemingly looked to make a joke, maybe at his own expense, about what a tough guy Trump was for taking potentially blinding solar radiation directly in the retinas.

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Trump family looks up at the Great American Eclipse
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U.S. President Donald Trump watches the solar eclipse with first Lady Melania Trump and son Barron from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017 REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump watches the solar eclipse from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump watches the solar eclipse with first Lady Melania Trump from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump watches the solar eclipse with first Lady Melania Trump from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump watches the solar eclipse with first Lady Melania Trump from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (L) and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross watch the solar eclipse from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 1017 REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (L) and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross watch the solar eclipse from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 1017 REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump watches the solar eclipse with first Lady Melania Trump from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
White House Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (L) watch the solar eclipse from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump watches the solar eclipse with first Lady Melania Trump and son Barron from the Truman Balcony at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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"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," Tucker said.

You can judge it for yourself in the clip above, tweeted out by The Daily Beast editor Andrew Kirell.

Trump was mocked on social media Monday for taking on the sun with nothing but his eyeballs. Scientists and doctors have been warning for more than a month that staring at the eclipse can injure eyes and even permanently damage vision. Many joked that Trump, who is somewhat infamous for doing the opposite of whatever anyone tells him despite whether it's good advice, would be exactly the person to ignore warnings about protective eyewear and gaze up at the star, damning all consequences, like possible blindness.

Reportedly, an aide yelled at Trump not to look at the sun, just as he decided to look at the sun. A few moments later, Trump, his son Bannon and First Lady Melania all donned the special glasses that would allow them to watch the eclipse safely. Yup, Trump had the glasses the whole time.

See how people reacted to Trump's stunt:

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I mean, you knew Trump was going to stare right at the sun, but it's still shocking to see. https://t.co/tx4KYqUFIf https://t.co/itTeedFdjw
https://t.co/msLFT1byWd
Oh my god. https://t.co/kdhf9iaJhf
this is the moment when Donald Trump truly became blind president https://t.co/sGCzMdXWgX
be honest, you all did this https://t.co/nYSYtJDZyw
"President Donald Trump looked directly at a solar eclipse today" is objectively the stupidest sentence of all time
[*Curb Your Enthusiasm theme*] https://t.co/1zKCToAQRS
this is exactly the kind of change America was promised https://t.co/PmZota3dEE
Narrator: He looked. https://t.co/UFHdRqkbKN
probably someone told him Obama wasn't going to look https://t.co/z5XKkgUrZL
Scientists: Don't look straight at sun during eclipse. Trump: Hold my glasses. https://t.co/3MySTJYq4d
probably someone told him Obama wasn't going to look https://t.co/z5XKkgUrZL
Constantly bragging about how smart he is. #ResignTrump https://t.co/jo39JOcsV1
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Pundits like Carlson like to praise Trump for basically everything. But what was funny about this compliment — which, again, must be a joke Carlson was trying to indicate with over-the-top hyperbole, right? — was that it was kind of hard to tell if he was actually joking. The currently political climate finds many right-wing spokespeople are endlessly defending Trump. Carlson himself last week defended Trump's comparison of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to George Washington, by mentioning that lots of really great people have been slave owners, like Plato and the Aztecs.

Can we ever really be sure that his supporters really aren't impressed that Trump would risk permanent ocular damage just because someone told him not to?

Watch the video below:

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UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 01: DANCING WITH THE STARS - Tucker Carlson, MSNBC news anchor -- and often controversial -- conservative political TV pundit and columnist, rehearses partnered with professional dancer Elena Grinenko, who makes her series debut this season on ABC Television Network's 'Dancing with the Stars.' (Photo by Talley Lach/ABC via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: (L-R) Tucker Carlson, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, actress Bella Thorne and Brian Kilmeade pose onstage during 'Fox & Friends' at FOX Studios on April 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: (L-R) Tucker Carlson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade appear on a cooking segment of 'Fox & Friends' at FOX Studios on June 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
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