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The GOP have been criticised for promising to establish a manned base on the moon and a mission to Mars… all while we’re in the middle of a global pandemic and looming climate catastrophe.
On Friday, the official GOP Twitter account released it’s “priorities” if the party gets elected for a second term on 3 November.
And the first two were both about space missions:
Pres. Trump is fighting for YOU! Here are some of his priorities for a 2nd term:
*Establish Permanent Manned Prese… https://t.co/ty0ch6Df9N — GOP (@GOP)
But people on social media expressed how much they couldn’t care less about space exploration right now:
@GOP So completely and totally out of touch. — Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa Milano)
@GOP Colonizing the moon literally does nothing for everyday Americans — Dustin Ginsberg (@Dustin Ginsberg)
Many people pointed out the fact that we’re in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and priority should go to stopping people affected by that:
According to @GOP, Trump’s top two priorities for a 2nd term involve THE MOON and MARS. Not the hundreds of thousan… https://t.co/Bl1w57Jbsu — Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@Jon Cooper 🇺🇸)
@john_sipher @GOP Nothing says “fighting for you” like plans to colonize the moon during a raging, deadly pandemic on earth. — Craig Newman (@Craig Newman)
The GOP released their top priorities for Trump’s 2nd term, and I kid you not! Establishing a permanent presence on… https://t.co/g6X3cusXO1 — Eric Rosswood (@Eric Rosswood)
While others pointed out we’re also on the cusp of a climate emergency:
GOP: The Green New Deal is a waste of money.
Also GOP: Our top priority is building a moon base. — Adam Best (@Adam Best)
We have like 10 years left to mitigate climate change BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MOON https://t.co/dY0VTT1mZm — KT Thack (@KT Thack)
Are they planning taking people to the moon and Mars because Trump is going to make Earth too uninhabitable due to… https://t.co/d3Z8pruv7f — Miranda Yaver, PhD (@Miranda Yaver, PhD)
Some people saw the silver lining though:
@GOP If he doesn’t get a second term, can we still send him to the moon? — Jason Kander (@Jason Kander)
Almost two hours after the GOP sent out their initial tweet – perhaps after backlash – they continued with their thread.
In it, they mentioned healthcare, developing a coronavirus vaccine, environmental commitments and stopping “endless wars”.