Donald Trump unveiled what is surely one of his most stunningly ignorant tweets earlier today when he launched an unprompted attack on NASA’s plans to return to the Moon, plans which the president himself has actually praised in the past.
It should go without saying that this man has no scientific background and has absolutely no idea what he is talking about. The space program should be left to the brilliant minds at NASA, not reality television stars who somehow managed to con their way into the White House.
The most bewildering part of the tweet though was Trump’s strange and nonsensical claim that the Moon is “a part” of Mars. The Moon is, of course, an entirely separate celestial body from Mars.
It’s unclear whether Trump doesn’t know this basic scientific fact or if he was trying to articulate some other idea and just worded it incredibly poorly. The sad reality that we are even considering the idea that he really does think the Moon is a part of Mars shows how little faith the world has in this man’s intellect.
For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon – We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2019
The tweet instantly went viral and began trending on Twitter as the jokes poured in one after another. It’s rare that a Trump tweet doesn’t invite a ton of responses, but people really seem to be reveling in this one and some of the jokes are laugh out loud funny. Check out some of the best ones below and reminisce on a time when the man in the Oval Office wasn’t a clueless buffoon.
the moon is part of mars?
— 9 V O L T (@9_volt_) June 7, 2019
As JFK famously said, “We choose to go to the Moon not because it is easy, but because it is Mars"
— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) June 7, 2019
At this rate, the Chinese will have one of their pop-up insta-cities on the Moon before Trump gets a powerpoint on orbital mechanics.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) June 7, 2019
People, stop making fun of the President of the United States over minor verbal infelicities. Clearly he meant that the Moon is part of Mars for purposes of Space Force jurisdiction. They're both Omega Quadrant.
— TheMoonIsTooSMALLHat (@Popehat) June 7, 2019
*frank sinatra voice*
Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me tell you facts I know
The moon is part of Mars
— rachel syme (@rachsyme) June 7, 2019
The moon is part of Mars, and you’re hearing people say it. We included it as part of our trade deal with Mars, a very fair deal and a good deal for us
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) June 7, 2019
Motherfucker, you just confused Phobos and Deimos with la Luna, the *good* moon. Look at you, making assumptions about Mars like you’re fucking Percival Lowell. Acting like you’re on Olympus Mons when the only thing you’re on is your dumb shit. Get out of here, man.
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) June 7, 2019
Because who better to advise NASA on how to do science than a guy who thinks vaccines cause autism and windmills cause cancer.
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) June 7, 2019
— Ian Hastings (@ianrhastings) June 7, 2019
So this week Trump continued his feud with a dead man, picked a new one with Bette Midler, attacked a royal family member, said Ireland should build a wall on its border with N. Ireland, that he didn't serve in Vietnam b/c it was far away, & the moon was part of Mars. Cool cool.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) June 7, 2019
"Mars (of which the Moon is a part)" feat. Rhianna
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) June 7, 2019
‘Oooh, the moon is trending, I wonder if anything cool and astrological is going dow-‘ pic.twitter.com/fqcCs549ZQ
— Tash Kindred (@dumbsupper) June 7, 2019
2019: when we need the moon explained https://t.co/ue4Uyu9zPm
— Sana Saeed (@SanaSaeed) June 7, 2019
You forgot to mention the moon is made of cheese. And you call yourself a genius. Pfft.
— Sarah Wood (@sarahwoodwriter) June 7, 2019
going to the moon was *your* idea, you doddering old buffoon. my god, imagine being trapped for hours on a plane with this yammering coked-up flannelmouth
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) June 7, 2019
Great idea. You should be the first to go to Mars. Send us a tweet when you get there. pic.twitter.com/MSsMVmc7lq
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) June 7, 2019
How about taking that trip to the moon that belongs to Mars? Make sure to take the family and cabinet members. Also a few Senate and house republicans
— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) June 7, 2019
We elected a guy president who knows astronomy not quite at the level of my son when he turned 4.
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) June 7, 2019
The Hannity segments arguing that Trump is right about the moon being part of Mars are gonna be lit
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 7, 2019