The sight of a US Space Force flag at Joe Biden’s inauguration irked Trump critics, with some of them calling for the military branch created by the former president to be thrown in the dustbin along with the rest of his legacy.
“I’m still shaking my head at the Space Force logo,” ‘Star Trek’ actor and liberal activist George Takei tweeted during the inauguration, an event he otherwise celebrated.
I’m still shaking my head at the Space Force logo.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 20, 2021
Takei was one of numerous vocal Trump critics to get the new military branch trending, outraged at the very sight of the flag next to other branches of the military.
“Get rid of that bulls**t now!” Project Lincoln’s Fred Wellman tweeted.
I see the flag, but I still refuse to believe Space Force is real
— Raychelle Burks (@DrRubidium) January 20, 2021
The Space Force flag’s presence will forever be hilarious. Honestly an incredible gag.
— Chris Vannini 😷 (@ChrisVannini) January 20, 2021
In his final speech as president, Space Force was one of many accomplishments Trump pointed to in touting the success of his administration, calling it “a major achievement for a regular administration,” but noting his was not treated as a regular administration.
It remains to be seen how Space Force, a branch of the military focusing on space, will fare under Biden’s administration, but his pick for defense secretary, Lloyd Austin, told lawmakers this week that, if confirmed, he will “ensure the space domain is carefully considered across the range of upcoming strategic reviews.”
The fresh military branch, however, has remained a point of mockery for Trump critics. A television series, aptly titled ‘Space Force,’ even debuted on Netflix last year and was a satirical look at the formation of the organization. Despite Trump losing reelection, it has been renewed for a second season.
Trump listing the branch as one of his successes in his four years in the White House was lambasted by Biden supporters almost as much as the presence of the flag at the inauguration did.
Aide “Mr President we have mass unemployment, homeless and a pandemic sweeping the country.” Trump “I hear you… so what you are saying is we need a space force” pic.twitter.com/VcvEFrOcwG
— Jonjolley (@JonJolley) January 20, 2021
I can’t wait for Space Force to now protect us from.. space?
— Ed Solomon (@ed_solomon) January 20, 2021
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