See, you don’t get to deny the validity of science one day and then talk about how great scientific accomplishments are the next day.
That, however, is exactly what a number of members of the Trump Administration have done on the occasion of U.S. Astronaut Peggy Whitson setting a new record for the most cumulative days spent in space. (Whitson also holds the record for most spacewalks by a female astronaut. She was also the first woman to serve as Commander of the International Space Station.)
Vice President Mike Pence — among others — posted a tweet on Monday, ostensibly seeking to honor Whitson for her record-breaking, trailblazing career.
Pence — or someone in his office — wrote: “Congratulations to [Peggy Whitson] for a record-breaking career. [President Trump,] the American people, and I are proud of your accomplishments & service.”
Twitter promptly sought to remind Pence that now is not the time for him and the other members of the Trump Administration to decide that they all of a sudden care about science. After all, Pence and the whole Trump Administration are known for things such as seeking to impose massive cuts to science and advocating for “gay conversion therapy.”
Check out some of the best replies to Pence’s tweet below.