Does God have a sense of humor? Or is He sending a message?
Those are questions raised by a curious story in the Boston Globe, about the upcoming August 21 solar eclipse and the best places to get a killer view of the phenomenon:
“There are about 240 counties roughly along the central path of the eclipse, a 70-mile-wide trail extending across the country where people will be able to see a total eclipse, meaning the sun will appear completely obscured by the moon.
And about 92 percent of those counties swung in Trump’s favor, while fewer than two dozen counties voted for his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Trump won many of those counties by a wide margin, securing an average of 71 percent of the vote in counties he won along the path. Clinton, by comparison, got only about 56 percent of the vote in counties she won along the eclipse path.
And of the more than 6.2 million votes cast in those counties for one of those two candidates, 59 percent were for Trump, while 41 percent were for Clinton.
Take a look at the “path of totality” below, where residents will be able to see a total eclipse rather than a partial one:
So what does this mean? Probably nothing more than a fun coincidence. There have of course been lots of incidents across the country through the years in which the intersection of environmental circumstances and political events that have been spun into contradictory signs of divine favor — sunny days for campaign events, rain depressing poll turnout in particular districts, etc.
Still, this detail is almost enough to make one wonder:
“On June 14, 1946, the day Trump was born, there was a total lunar eclipse, though it wasn’t visible from the United States, NASA records show. Instead, it could be seen from parts of South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.