Americans may be experiencing a severe case of social media whiplash after President Donald Trump’s tweets about the moon.
Just three weeks ago Trump bragged he had directed NASA to put the first woman on the moon, and to do so in four years. He even promised the space agency a huge budget to get the job done.
Under my Administration, we are restoring @NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars. I am updating my budget to include an additional $1.6 billion so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2019
“NASA is planning on sending the first woman ever and the first man in nearly five decades to the moon by 2024, thanks to an additional increase to the agency’s budget by President Trump,” CNN reported just two weeks later.
Going back to the moon has been a Trump priority for years. Here’s the President in late 2017, on going to the moon:
Fast forward to today.
Trump blasts NASA for even talking about going to the moon – which, he has decided, is a part of Mars.
For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon – We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2019
That was just too much for most people to handle.
Here’s how some are responding (and yes, there’s a lot of sarcasm in some of these!):
LADIES & GENTS: THE DUMBEST PERSON IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.
— Janet (@Janet_Wilson) June 7, 2019
FINALLY a president who knows where Mars ACTUALLY IS!!!!!!!!!!! So tired of the fake news media telling us the moon and Mars are separate.
— Shane Bauer (@shane_bauer) June 7, 2019
Focus on Uranus
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) June 7, 2019
Because who better to advise NASA on how to do science than a guy who thinks vaccines cause autism and windmills cause cancer.
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) June 7, 2019
So this week Trump continued his feud with a dead man, picked a new one with Bette Midler, attacked a royal family member, said Ireland should build a wall on its border with N. Ireland, that he didn't serve in Vietnam b/c it was far away, & the moon was part of Mars. Cool cool.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) June 7, 2019
— William Ferrall 🌊 🌊 🌊 (@wmferrall) June 7, 2019
NASA is talking about the Moon because in December 2017 you issued Space Policy Directive-1, which includes: “the United States will lead the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilization.”
Did you already forget that? https://t.co/36CtykfkGl
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) June 7, 2019
Seriously, I don't even know what planet we live on anymore… https://t.co/LaH9iMQ4iz
— Jack 🇺🇸 (@jackresists) June 7, 2019
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