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
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.— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) August 9, 2018
But sure, go get em Buzz Lightyear. pic.twitter.com/cDgssGFqYQ
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.— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) August 9, 2018
ALSO CONSERVATIVES: SPACE FORCE FUCK YEAH
It's insane that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks that the United States could afford to pay for Medicare-for-all.— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) August 9, 2018
Anyway, let's spend trillions on a Space Force.
LEAKED IMAGE OF NEW SPACE FORCE SUITS!!— 🍃🏅SNCKPCK ★彡 (@SNCKPCK) August 9, 2018
this is an image the government does NOT want you to see!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/25LmuazIPm
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