- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Boston Globe article attempting to make a connection between the solar eclipse and President Trump supporters is being widely mocked on social media.

The article by Globe reporter Matt Rocheleau, titled “The solar eclipse path will overwhelmingly pass over Trump Country,” starts off by asking the question, “Is the eclipse throwing shade at Clinton supporters?”

The piece goes on to explain that while the solar eclipse will be visible across the U.S., the “path of ideal viewing spots” for the total eclipse cuts “overwhelmingly through places that voted for President Trump in November.”

“People will only be able to see a total eclipse if they’re located along the ‘path of totality,’ which will start near Lincoln City, Ore., and end near Charleston, S.C.,” Mr. Rocheleau wrote.

He said the path is roughly 70 miles wide and spans about 240 counties — 92 percent of which swung in Mr. Trump’s favor, “while fewer than two dozen counties voted for his opponent, Hillary Clinton.”

The article points out that Mr. Trump himself was born on June 14, 1946 — the same day there was a total lunar eclipse, “though it wasn’t visible from the United States, NASA records show.”

Many Twitter users didn’t understand why The Globe was making a political connection to the eclipse, which will occur on Aug. 21.

The Globe was ridiculed on social media just last week for a piece about 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney water skiing during the Republican healthcare debate.

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