"The time has come to establish the United States Space Force," Pence says Thursday and Twitter responds with nothing but mockery.
Space Force is official, and still sounds like the least important thing the government should be spending money on, according to the avalanche of stars from Hollywood and beyond bashing the program on Twitter Thursday.
"Space Force: A deliberately stupid and provocative idea designed to make you forget about the Mueller investigation," Ricky Gervais tweeted after Vice President Mike Pence announced at a press conference he'd be taking the program under his wing.
"Now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America’s best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation," Pence said at the Pentagon.
Pence set a deadline of 2020 for the Space Force to blast off as the newest branch of the United States military.
"To be clear, the Space Force will not be built from scratch, because the men and women who run and protect our nation's space programs today are already the best in the world," the VP added, assuring that the deadline was not too hasty.
The federal government recognizing the threat of extraterrestrial lifeforms invading planet Earth should be no laughing matter -- but this is the age of President Donald Trump, so no one appears to be taking it all that seriously.
"This Is Us" producer Ken Olin tweeted, "The least prepared, least disciplined, least intellectually qualified, least morally suited, least mentally stable person to ever be President wants to spend $8 billion on a new branch of the military, Space Force. And we can’t laugh."
Enjoy more reactions below.
If “Space Force” were a TV show, the writers would keep pitching on a better title.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) August 9, 2018
WHAT THE FUCK IS A SPACE FORCE JUST GIVE PEOPLE HEALTH CARE https://t.co/1O2qY8MQu2— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) August 9, 2018
I would like to suggest the first person we send into space as part of the Space Force is Laura Ingraham. We can tell her it’ll be like a summer camp. https://t.co/7n423FFwLN— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) August 9, 2018
As the star of Muppets From Space, I'll be expecting an offer to join the Space Force very soon...I assume they're going to ask me to lead the whole program. pic.twitter.com/7Smt9lKouK— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) August 9, 2018
Space Force: A deliberately stupid and provocative idea designed to make you forget about the Mueller investigation.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) August 9, 2018
It boggles the mind.— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) August 9, 2018
The least prepared, least disciplined, least intellectually qualified, least morally suited, least mentally stable person to ever be President wants to spend $8 billion on a new branch of the military, Space Force. And we can’t laugh. https://t.co/eLDysqzsup
Fifty years from now I hope there’s a zoo somewhere and all the Trumps are in a cage with all the Pences and people walk by and point at them and laugh and say “they’re the ones who tried to make a Space Force instead of making America a better place!”— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) August 9, 2018
It will never fail to amaze me that America is willing to pay for an imaginary Space Force in an imaginary Space War but thinks free healthcare for all is absolute madness.— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) August 9, 2018
no idea why, but every time I read/hear #SpaceForce ... I think of Alf.— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) August 9, 2018
I don’t know about Space Force but I know about Space Jam. pic.twitter.com/x9Au7F63U2— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) August 9, 2018
Maybe, just maybe, we should make sure our people are not dying because they lack health insurance before we start spending billions to militarize outer space. #SpaceForce— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 9, 2018
When I hear the term "Space Force" I think of boys playing in a sandbox with their G.I. Joe's and model rocket ships, not a sober or coherent evaluation of the risks of military escalation in or on the final frontier.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) August 9, 2018