Sen. Ted Cruz is fighting back as the left mocks his call to fund President Trump’s proposed “Space Force” and his warning about the potential for space pirates.
The Texas Republican called out the bias on social media Wednesday as “all the snarky leftists making fun of my comments” were featured but details about his warning were, not surprisingly, left out.
Cruz, who chairs the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, spoke about the Trump administration’s plan to create a Space Force as a military branch during his opening remarks at a hearing on Tuesday.
“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,” Cruz said. “Pirates threaten the open seas, and the same is possible in space. In this same way, I believe we too must now recognize the necessity of a Space Force to defend the nation and to protect space commerce and civil space exploration.”
— Simon (@naptonium) May 16, 2019
Trump signed a directive on the U.S. Space Command set up earlier this year but lawmakers are still skeptical about the need for a new military branch, which can only be created by Congress.
Subcommittee chairman Cruz: pirates threaten the open seas, and the same is possible in space, hence need for a Space Force.
— Jeff Foust (@jeff_foust) May 14, 2019
The warning about space pirates by Cruz was mocked by the left and quickly became a “moment” on Twitter. But the congressman called out what he felt was a biased response, tweeting out to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday that his “tweets in response explaining the real point” were left out.
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? https://t.co/dwkM5ndXj3
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 16, 2019
The Twitter thread included many jokes made at the senator’s expense, with the focus on comments mocking the idea of pirates in space while missing the serious point Cruz was making.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 15, 2019
The only good thing that happened today is that @tedcruz volunteered to go to space to fight Pirates! Thank you for your service Ted and enjoy space.
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) May 16, 2019
When I saw that “Space Pirates” were trending because of Ted Cruz, I just assumed they were here to take him back to his home planet.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) May 16, 2019
Oh God I’m tired for a second I thought that said Ted Cruz wants the space force to defend the earth against space pirates pic.twitter.com/eZhpCeiVXi
— Gen 8 Oddish (ナゾノクサ) (@8_Bit_Oddish) May 16, 2019
Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, offered her snarky response to Cruz after recently complaining there was a movement to ‘silence’ Muslims.
I might know some pirates that can help fix this for you Ted 😉 https://t.co/rpIRo9XQAM
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 16, 2019
MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd unleashed on-air ridicule of Cruz, arguing that space pirates “don’t exist.”
WATCH: Ted Cruz warns of threat from “Space Pirates” pic.twitter.com/CBPbyIhzUs
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) May 15, 2019
“So Ted Cruz says we need a Space Force to stop space pirates, you know, those celestial swashbucklers, intergalactic planet pillagers, buccaneers of the great beyond,” the “Meet The Press” moderator said. “Putting ‘space’ in front of anything does make it sound a whole lot better,” like “driving your ‘space car’ to the ‘space store’ to get some ‘space milk.'”
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes also took aim at Cruz, tweeting out about his message to Dorsey.
This is the saddest tweet I’ve ever seen. https://t.co/YztBJuA478
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 16, 2019
But Cruz was not about to let Todd’s antics go unchecked, as he slammed MSNBC for intentionally neglecting to address the threats of “piracy, espionage, & violence” from rival countries which the senator had referred to as well as how China has the capacity to “destroy satellites in space.”
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. https://t.co/fVUZUeWVLj
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 15, 2019
Cruz managed to trigger the left with his pirate warning and his message about Twitter bias, even though some responses seemed to make no connection – or sense.
Yoo hoo Russia attacked and IS attacking our country and you guys do nothing. We see you.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) May 16, 2019
6 AM seems like a really weird time to be drunk, but you do you Patti.https://t.co/WS8lEdHUki
— BonkPolitics (@BonkPolitics) May 16, 2019
Many on Twitter came to the senator’s defense, however, backing his claims of bias and clarifying his remarks for those too lazy to do their own research.
You laugh now, but wait till it’s the year 2350 and you realize Ted Cruz was right. 🏴☠️ https://t.co/tuROCGnp33
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) May 16, 2019
the “moments” are always twitter sponsored leftist hate
— michaelcohen (@michaelcohen99) May 16, 2019
Because @Twitter is leftist biased. Pretty obvious. They pretend they aren’t but it’s obvious
— Horn_Of_Zeese (@MikeMegisis) May 16, 2019
To clarify, “space pirates” is your amusing invention, based on a too-short summary. Per Foust’s follow-up full quote, the relevant concept was bad actors threatening security and commerce in space, not astro-swashbucklers hoisting solar sails in pursuit of space booty.
— ST-v-SW.Net (@STvSW) May 15, 2019
Nothing to get . . . pirates are real. In the not-so-distant future, rogue nations or space companies could try to interfere with space exploration and commerce.
There’s no swashbuckling involved, which is my point, contrary to the attempted mockery. Get it?
— ST-v-SW.Net (@STvSW) May 16, 2019
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