Subcommittee chairman Cruz: pirates threaten the open seas, and the same is possible in space, hence need for a Space Force.
— Jeff Foust (@jeff_foust) May 14, 2019
Ted Cruz argues that Space Force is necessary because… wait for it… space pirates. Leave it to Cruz to take a dumb Trump idea and make it sound even dumber. pic.twitter.com/xjjItA3EV3
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) May 15, 2019
There’s a joke to be made that Ted Cruz might possibly be a space alien in a badly-designed human suit, but seriously: even TV Tropes doesn’t take ‘Space Pirates’ seriously.
Senator Ted Cruz thinks those of us concerned about climate change are alarmist, but he’s adamant that the nation invest in protection against space pirates https://t.co/aq1VL1kHhs
— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) May 15, 2019
Of course, Raphael ‘Ted’ Cruz is taking the resulting online abuse predictably:
I, for one, blame the space pirates. https://t.co/4jXiBYqT85
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) May 16, 2019
Presumably related, somehow, to Cruz’s new boogeymonsters (note Rep. Johnson’s home state):
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), chair of the House Science Committee, questions the administration’s budget amendment for NASA in a statement: “…based on the limited information provided to Congress it is impossible to judge the merits of the President’s budget amendment.”
— Jeff Foust (@jeff_foust) May 15, 2019
— Robert Zubrin (@robert_zubrin) May 15, 2019
It’s like if Eisenhower first funded NASA by gutting the GI Bill.
— Chris Iannacone (@ChrisIannacone) May 15, 2019
“Education – feh! SPACE PIRATES, pew pew pew!”