Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of Goldman Sachs (which Matt Taibbi refers to as “a great vampire squid“) couldn’t resist comparing 45* to the solar eclipse.
“Wish the moon wasn’t the only thing casting a shadow across the country,” Blankfein tweeted. “We got through one, we’ll get through the other.”
Wish the moon wasn't the only thing casting a shadow across the country. We got through one, we'll get through the other. #SolarEclipse2017
— Lloyd Blankfein (@lloydblankfein) August 21, 2017
Blankfein — whom MarketWatch once referred to as “the world’s most hated CEO” — is relatively new to Twitter, having launched his account in June of this year. This particular tweet is only his 13th, but it’s particularly notable that the tweet came from Blankfein, as his company has provided 45’s administration with multiple top-level advisors and cabinet members, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Gary Cohn — the former Goldman Sachs executive who is now head of the National Economic Council — and, until just recently, chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, who left a career with the company to head Breitbart News. (Blankfein’s company is also arguably the most responsible for the 2007-2008 financial crisis and resulting taxpayer-funded bailouts.)
But Blankfein’s tweet isn’t the only notable eclipse-related tweet directed at the White House. The Daily Show’s verified Twitter account used the photo of 45 staring directly at the solar eclipse without glasses to remind followers that the president is still a neo-Nazi sympathizer. SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah wondered out loud whether or not 45 would blame his inevitable eye damage on immigrants:
hahaha funny pic of Trump staring at the eclipse anyway he defended Nazis last week pic.twitter.com/1H4jbgRVIL
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) August 21, 2017
How long until Trump blames Muslims or Mexicans for the sun going missing?! #SolarEclipse2017
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@Deanofcomedy) August 21, 2017
While it’s been 38 years since the last solar eclipse, the next total solar eclipse to cross the United States is only seven years away. We can all break out our solar glasses and makeshift cereal box eclipse viewers again on April 8, 2024 — likely in the midst of a tumultuous presidential election cycle.
(*EDITOR’S NOTE: GritPost.com is now exclusively referring to Donald Trump as “45.” Please read our official statement on Twitter explaining the decision.)
Scott Alden covers national politics, education, and environmental issues for Grit Post. He is a proud Toledo University graduate, and lives in Inkster, Michigan.