With the internet in full meltdown mode over a photograph of Vice President Mike Pence touching a spacecraft labeled “do not touch,” Pence did what you’d expect any politician to do.
…he blamed it on somebody else!
As seen in the photo below, a sign clearly stated: “Critical Space Flight Hardware ‘DO NOT TOUCH.’
— NDTV (@ndtv) July 8, 2017
Amid all the blowback on social media, the unlucky “culprit” Pence nabbed was none other than Sen. Marco Rubio.
Pence was touring the Orion spacecraft clean room with the Republican senator from Florida at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral when the incident took place.
— Vice President Mike Pence Archived (@VP45) July 6, 2017
And proving that, unlike Democrats, he has a great sense of humor, the vice president hilariously tweeted in response to all the criticism that Rubio “dared me to do it!”
— Vice President Mike Pence Archived (@VP45) July 7, 2017
But Pence didn’t stop there in mocking what the media was quick to label “a blunder,” sharing a meme of himself touching a porcupine:
Okay…so this isn’t exactly the first time this has happened. pic.twitter.com/6Y7b3UlJXe
— Vice President Pence (@VP) July 7, 2017
Rubio was quick to get in on the fun, as well.
“In fairness, I warned @VP that “you break it, you own it,” Rubio tweeted in response.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 7, 2017
To alleviate the concerns of all the hand-wringers, NASA also responded to say all is well, assuring the vice president that he did nothing wrong.
“It was OK to touch the surface. Those are just day-to-day reminder signs. We were going to clean it anyway. It was an honor to host you!” the space agency tweeted, along with a separate statement:
— NASA (@NASA) July 7, 2017
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