US senator Ted Cruz is being mocked on social media after claiming that the proposed 'Space Force' is necessary due to the threat posed by 'space pirates.'

The Texan, who ran for president in 2016, said during a hearing on Tuesday that the space force (you know, the one that was brilliantly tore apart when announced) will patrol the solar system much like naval forces do, thus preventing the threat from pirates much like on the 'the open seas.'

Since the ancient Greeks first put to sea, nations have recognised the necessity of naval forces and maintaining a superior capability to protect waterborne travel and commerce from bad actors.

Pirates threaten the open seas, and the same is possible in space. In this same way, I believe we too must now recognise the necessity of a Space Force to defend the nation and to protect space commerce and civil space exploration.

The 48-year-old, who is the chairman of the US subcommittee on aviation and space, which was established during the 115 Congress.

Donald Trump announced the United States would be building a 'space force' in January 2018 and it would become the newest branch of the US military.

What threats space pose to the US or planet Earth from space, presumably only exist in science fiction movies but Cruz seems pretty certain that 'space pirates' are coming to rob us but Twitter isn't buying it.

Even Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, thought it was funny responding with a skull and crossbones emoji to a tweet from Space News writer, Jeff Foust.

However, Cruz became quite irate after MSNBC's Chuck Todd ran a segment on his Meet the Press show, which mocked the senator's speech. Cruz claimed that nations like China has already developed and tested weapons that could "destroy satellites in space."

Cruz then complained to Jack Dorsey, after a Twitter Moment was created that mostly featured 'snarky leftists' mocking Cruz and his so-called space pirates. Needless to say, it didn't make the situation much better for him.

HT The Hill

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