Vice President Mike Pence Thursday morning officially announced the Trump administration’s call to establish a sixth separate branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, Space Force.
A White House press release also issued Thursday brags that back in June, President Trump had already “directed the Department of Defense to immediately begin the important process of establishing Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.”
President Trump does not have the authority to direct the Defense Dept. to establish a new brach of the armed forces – only Congress can do so. And it will take money – a lot of money – to create this new and wholly unnecessary Space Force.
“When it comes to defending our nation and defending our way of life, the only thing we can’t afford is inaction,” Pence said Thursday.
As we continue to carry American leadership in space, so also will we carry America’s commitment to freedom into this new frontier. pic.twitter.com/gCGYRFofz8
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) August 9, 2018
Pence claims $8 billion in just the first five years.
Both were immediately and brutally mocked, for a wide variety of reasons.
Pence said that “the Space Force will not be built from scratch, because the men and women who run and protect our nation’s space programs today are already the best in the world.”
One social media commenter noted that about all we have.
I have all I need to make a cake except flour, sugar, eggs, a pan, and an oven https://t.co/L5S8seUWB5
— erin “my wonderful son” ryan (@morninggloria) August 9, 2018
Last night, ahead of Pence’s announcement, Jimmy Kimmel posted a Space Force recruitment video:
Just after Pence’s announcement Trump weighed in:
Space Force all the way!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2018
Meanwhile, others on social media were only too happy to mock the President and Vice President for what experts agree is a bad and unnecessary idea. One of those experts, the National security reporter for the Daily Beast, Spencer Ackerman:
On the one hand, Space Force is a foolish idea that solves no actual problems, but on the other hand, it's a great way to transfer taxpayer money to defense contractors
— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) August 9, 2018
CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto:
There. Is. Already. A. Space. Force. See @AFSpace Command. See units at @SchrieverAFB @VandenbergAFB @BuckleyAFB all devoted to monitoring space threats and defending space assets in increasingly contested environment. This is window dressing which is why many in DOD oppose. https://t.co/v4NEWDGGrJ
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) August 9, 2018
Others also shared their thoughts, often in a more humorous manner:
SPACE FORCE pic.twitter.com/isSNtBQBdQ
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) August 9, 2018
Space Force is gonna be LIT pic.twitter.com/GNFY7VWxmT
— Evan Sutton (@3vanSutton) August 9, 2018
Space Force pic.twitter.com/46ks3kA1Wv
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) August 9, 2018
Fixing roads and bridges is for losers. Space Force, motherfuckers! https://t.co/gcNPQQhZag
— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) August 9, 2018
I wonder if Space Force lets in people with bone spurs.
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) August 9, 2018
SPACE FORCE ALL THE WAY pic.twitter.com/hKRfG2uXvY
— David Mack (@davidmackau) August 9, 2018
— Amina Want Wantza (@aminawant) August 9, 2018
Just a reminder that while Pence calls for $8 billion to fund Trump's Space Force idiocy, Senate Republicans just rejected $250 million to bolster election security despite a CURRENT and ONGOING cyberattack by Russia ahead of midterms.
But sure, go get em Buzz Lightyear. pic.twitter.com/cDgssGFqYQ
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) August 9, 2018
Space Force is a silly but dangerous idea. Medicaid expansion is not silly or dangerous. We should do the second one. Vote!
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) August 9, 2018
Obama’s signature achievement was providing health insurance for everyone—rich or poor, young or old, sick or healthy. Trump’s achievement is creating some cheesy Space Force while leaving Puerto Rico in ruins and not providing clean water to the children of Flint, Michigan.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) August 9, 2018
Space Force looks awesome! pic.twitter.com/SJ8yz5QcD9
— Harold Itzkowitz (@HaroldItz) August 9, 2018
Gov't: Sorry we can't give you healthcare, we had to stick to absolute necessities like [checks notes] a Space Force
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) August 9, 2018
Space Force! pic.twitter.com/Q7sTxWgJhZ
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) August 9, 2018
CONSERVATIVES: Uh, you leftists need to get your head out of the clouds and come back to reality. We simply can't AFFORD health care/schools/etc.
ALSO CONSERVATIVES: SPACE FORCE FUCK YEAH
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) August 9, 2018
It's insane that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks that the United States could afford to pay for Medicare-for-all.
Anyway, let's spend trillions on a Space Force.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) August 9, 2018
— Michael Hong (@PotomacFan) August 9, 2018
LEAKED IMAGE OF NEW SPACE FORCE SUITS!!
this is an image the government does NOT want you to see!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/25LmuazIPm
— 🍃🏅SNCKPCK ★彡 (@SNCKPCK) August 9, 2018
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Trump Claims Abandoning US Allies in Syria Is ‘Strategically Brilliant’ Despite Bipartisan Condemnation Amid Ethnic Cleansing
President Donald Trump just praised his decision to withdraw U.S. Armed Forces from Northern Syria, opening the door for Turkey to begin ethnic cleansing of America’s now-former allies in the war against ISIS as “strategically brilliant.” U.S. troops have condemned the move, which has destroyed decades of U.S.-international diplomacy and military action, and resuscitated ISIS as a terrorist organization.
Experts have said Trump’s moves over the past week have strengthened Russia enormously.
(Watch the look on the note-taker’s face as Trump speaks.)
“I view the situation on the Turkish border with Syria to be, for the United States, strategically brilliant,” President Trump says amid bipartisan criticism of his administration’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops https://t.co/oLkZhiTJJK pic.twitter.com/XUtmB9c3XW
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 16, 2019
Presidential Advisor Pierson: Was Lincoln Racist?
Senior advisor for President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign, Katrina Pierson, has pushed back on criticism about the low number of Black peoplein the administration by comparing the Trump administration to that of President Lincoln more than 150 years prior.
The comments came up on “Politics Nation” on MSNBC this Saturday, as host Reverend Al Sharpton attempted to get Pierson and panelist David Brock of Media Matters fo America to name a single black staff member of the President.
“Historically, Republicans and Democrats have had major figures of the black community in the West Wing as part of their senior staff and administration,” said Sharpton. “Who are the blacks in the West Wing under President Trump?”
Pierson countered, “You mean those who took the job or those who were offered? Because those are two entirely different questions.”
“Everything has to be made about race, reverend… I’m not going to participate if you’re going to continue to paint this president as racist.”
Sharpton tried to move away from the discussion to a point, turning to Brock to ask how Trump could really ask for black votes without having black people in the West Wing.
Pierson jumped in, “there’s plenty of black people in the West Wing.”
“Well, I asked you to name them,” replied Sharpton.
“I’m not going to participate in the attempt to make this all about race,” said Pierson. “It is ridiculous. How many black people were in Abraham Lincoln’s West Wing?”
“Is Abraham Lincoln a racist because he didn’t have a black person in his White House? This is insane. This is an insane discussion,” added Pierson.
“You can’t name a black in the West Wing because we can’t find one, Katrina,” responded Sharpton. “I pity you. I’d sympathize with you, but telling me you applied, and other people? Come on. It’s unthinkable in the 21st century that even a spokesperson for President Trump can’t name a black in the West Wing.”
There was not, technically a “west wing” staff under Abraham Lincoln, That did not start in its modern configuration until the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt.
View the exchange below:
Image via screen capture from video source.
Trump Sings a Familiar Tune in Rage Against ‘Voter Fraud’
Donald trump took to his “bully pulpit” on Twitter to speak out about voter fraud.
All levels of government and Law Enforcement are watching carefully for VOTER FRAUD, including during EARLY VOTING. Cheat at your own peril. Violators will be subject to maximum penalties, both civil and criminal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 21, 2018
This echoes statements made by the president prior to the 2016 election, and is stoking fears that he is attempting to pave the way to declare the elections in question if they do not go his way.
After the 2016 race, Trump claimed that voter fraud affected the outcome, stating that he actually won the popular vote, “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
The president’s assertion led to a Presidential Commission on Election Integrity in 2017, led by Kris Kobach. Kobach is now running for Governor in Kansas.
The commission was disbanded in January of this year, unable to prove the president’s assertions.
Voter fraud, in spite of claims by Trump, has not shown itself to be an issue of significance. Voter suppression, however, is a growing issue.
Officials in many states and localities have sought to curtail voting rights, most notably Brian Kemp, the Secretary of State for Georgia, who has purged over 300,000 votes from the state’s rolls in a move viewed by many as voter suppression.
Kemp is running for Governor in Georgia, and is in a tight race against opponent Stacey Abrams.
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