While the entire Western World was decrying Trump’s implementation of a border law that allows agents to separate children from their parents, Donald Trump’s mind was in a galaxy far, far away. Yes, while people were facing real threats on his country’s doorstep, he was considering threats from… space.
The Commander in Chief announced Monday that he is commissioning an entirely new branch of the military called the “Space Force” that will work exclusively on establishing “American dominance in space.” Details are scarce right now but according to Trump, the new branch will be “separate but equal” to the Air Force. Yes, the president who is so often accused of being racist used segregationist language to describe his new band of space cops. Anyone else ready for 2018 to be over?
BREAKING: President Trump orders US military to form a “space force” military branch: “We must have American dominance in space.” pic.twitter.com/BQ0Vcy0tdA
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 18, 2018
Did anyone notice that Trump inexplicably slipped the phrase “separate but equal” into his Space Force announcement because of course he did
— There Is No Mountain 🗻🏔 (@TINMband) June 19, 2018
lots of terrible news yesterday but underreported was the part of the president’s Space Force announcement where he described the Air Force and Space Force as “separate but equal.” lol who tf uses those words together in the year of our lord 2018 to support a point??
— byob mcgovern (@_robt) June 19, 2018
“Our destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity but a matter of national security,” Trump told the American people.
POTUS had briefly addressed his desire for a Space Force in March as part of his national security strategy, but most people just brushed it aside as another strange Trump tangent. Joke’s on them. The Pentagon has officially been tasked with creating this new military agency. As the president and Fox News were quick to point out, this addition is monumental — it is the first new branch to be added to the American military since the Air Force in 1947. Every other branch was established in the 1700s.
Trump made very clear that a branch of military dedicated exclusively to space is necessary for American security. He didn’t say “aliens,” but we were all thinking it. The online consensus seemed to be: “Whaaat?”
Heard Trumps speech about Space Force and was laughing so hard I pulled my car over.#dumbass
— Christopher Titus (@TitusNation) June 19, 2018
— Don Chocolatey (@DonChocolatey) June 19, 2018
Trump – “we’re gonna build a space force”
Aliens – 🗣”BOY IF YOU DON…”
— CHUCK (@Chuckisdope) June 19, 2018
According to NASA, The Milky Way is “so big that even at the speed of light, it would take 100,000 years to travel across it.” But Trump’s Space Force is going to patrol the universe at a time when we struggle to get food and electricity to Puerto Rico and clean water to Flint.
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 18, 2018
This is a dumb idea. The Air Force does this already. That is their job. What’s next, we move submarines to the 7th branch and call it the “under-the-sea force?” https://t.co/S1urOuJBe6
— Mark Kelly (@ShuttleCDRKelly) June 19, 2018
— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) June 19, 2018
— CNN (@CNN) June 19, 2018
So what’s the Space Force going to do exactly? Your guess is as good as ours. The paper Trump signed at his announcement Monday was not an official directive or even an executive order; it was a “policy directive” for Space Traffic Management. As of right now, officials aren’t even sure if the president can create another branch of military without congressional approval.
It looks like the fate of this whole space thing is up in the air for now.