In a speech that was delivered in front of people by the President of the United States in such a way that it could actually be heard by those people, Donald Trump directed General Joseph Dunford — who may or may not have been aware that it was coming — to begin the process of creating a space force.
A space force.
A Space Force.
"We must have American dominance in space." Trump says he's directing the Pentagon to develop a "space force" as the sixth branch of the military. pic.twitter.com/31TGYtjKtd— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) June 18, 2018
This is not a joke. This is a real thing that our President, who is not played by Terry Crews, has proposed. And he wants it to be “separate but equal” to the Air Force, which may or may not be a dog whistle, but even the racists can’t hear it over the sound of the Space Force rockets.
Trump says he is ordering Pentagon to create a US Space Force to be “separate but equal” to the Air Force— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) June 18, 2018
Not even the press office was ready for that.
Pentagon press office does not seem prepared for questions about the Space Force, if you can believe it.— Tim Fernholz (@TimFernholz) June 18, 2018
One wonders if Trump just made it up, on the spot.
Trump concludes: "There's no place like space." To his generals, he says, "I want to wish you a lot of luck with SPACE FORCE."— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) June 18, 2018
Oh, I wish there were cameras on the faces of those generals.
I went diligently through Twitter thinking I might find at least one person who is in support of this proposal, but so far — and it’s early yet — I can’t even find a Twitter egg or a Russian Twitter bot who thinks, “Huh! Cool. Space Force!”
There were plenty of reactions, however.
"We'll take all the kidnapped children and make them into Space Marines for our new Space Force. See, creating jobs!"— Anastasia_Fall 💗🌺 (@Anastasia_Fall) June 18, 2018
nothing but respect for my space force pic.twitter.com/fiS1yFeFs3— Glen Weldon (@ghweldon) June 18, 2018
Tfw the space force arrives on Mars and gets thrown in cages— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) June 18, 2018
I never want to hear someone say “Yes, I’d be great if we could give everyone health care, but HOW are we gonna pay for it?” now that President Starship Troopers just made “Space Force” a thing https://t.co/zecOMv3CuW— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) June 18, 2018
TIRED: We're too broke to keep doing joint military exercises with South Korea.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 18, 2018
WIRED: Let's create a "SPACE FORCE!" so we can conquer Mars pic.twitter.com/wfPfbeioh1
Space Force…hilarious, yet totally frightening, because this is real…this is our President…— Brian Edsall (@B_Edsall) June 18, 2018
My nomination for head of the U.S. Space Force pic.twitter.com/GSz0Qt0aRI— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) June 18, 2018
SPACE FORCE pic.twitter.com/K89daOhdsI— Bunkie Perkins (@BunkiePerkins) June 18, 2018
you all laugh now but i'm already working on dodging the space force draft— Adam Steinbaugh (@adamsteinbaugh) June 18, 2018
Update: I found it! The first person to suppport Space Force, a Congressional Representative in Alabama.