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Sen. Ted Cruz recently gave a passionate statement about the need for the government to fund President Trump’s proposed Space Force, explaining that we need to save ourselves from SPACE PIRATES.
More specifically, according to The Hill, Cruz said, “Since the ancient Greeks first put to sea, nations have recognized the necessity of naval forces and maintaining a superior capability to protect waterborne travel and commerce from bad actors.” (Mind you, he is the chairman of the subcommittee on aviation and space, which, draw your own conclusions as you read on.)
He then said, “Pirates threaten the open sea, the same is possible in open space. In this same way, I believe we too must now recognize the necessity of a Space Force to defend the nation and protect space commerce and civil space exploration.”
Of course, this statement caused a flurry on Twitter and even became its own Twitter Moment, which Cruz was not happy about. He tweeted at the CEO of Twitter, saying, “Hey @jack how come Twitter’s “moment” quotes all the snarky leftists making fun of my comments, but doesn’t include my tweets in response explaining the real point that NATIONS like China have already developed & tested weapons to destroy satellites?”
When Chris Hayes, an MSNBC host, responded to the above tweet, saying it was the “saddest tweet I’ve ever seen,” Cruz responded calmly, saying, “May Space Pirates devour your liver.”
He also responded to a tweet and video from Meet the Press that quoted his space pirates comment: “Sure, a frigate w/ skull & crossbones in space is unlikely anytime soon, but what MSNBC conveniently omits is the threat of piracy, espionage & violence from rogue & rival NATIONS is very real. Indeed, China has already developed & tested weapons to destroy satellites in space.”
As The Hill reports, Trump’s Space Force proposal would put the Space Force within the Air Force, but the Pentagon has suggested it be its own branch of the military. However, only Congress can create new military branches; a recent House defense spending bill would give $15 million to study plans for a Space Force but not actually implement it.
And as for Cruz, all I can say is, if you can’t stand the heat, maybe stay out of the pirate-infested kitchen.