Politicians aren’t immune from saying stupid things. Sometimes it is a slip of the tongue. However, politicians often try to sound knowledgeable on subjects they know nothing about. Thus, they end up showing their ignorance in a very public and pronounced way. This is one of those occasions. Houston, we have another moron.
Back in 1997, Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee was invited on a field trip to NASA. She was chosen because the NASA facility is hin her district. Hence, she is a big part of acquiring funding for the organization. However, a funny thing happened while she was there.
Jackson Lee, whose district neighbors the Johnson Space Center, is a member of the House Committee on Science, and so it was that she spent part of her summer recess visiting the Mars Pathfinder Operations Center in Pasadena, California. While there, according to an article by Sandy Hume in The Hill, a weekly newspaper that covers Congress, Jackson Lee asked if the Pathfinder succeeded in taking pictures of the American flag planted on Mars by Neil Armstrong in 1969. Of course, Armstrong planted the flag on the Moon, as any high schooler should be able to tell you, let alone a 47-year-old Yale graduate.Texas Monthly, citing The Hill
Last week President Trump gave some good context to the representative’s comments. Apparently, Lee had it figured out long before the rest of us did. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present our latest installment of Trump Be Tweetin.
With all due respect, I have to call Fake News on this one. In fairness, I’m not a rocket scientist. Furthermore, I’m not an astronomer. However I am pretty sure that the Moon is not a part of Mars.
Houston, we have another moron.
A lot of folks want to focus on his flip flops here. Others are talking about how he’s opposing Mike Pence on this one. I would rather get to the source of the problem. The President of the United States is a moron.
All of the other issues can be understood once this simple concept is realized. That is why he constantly puts his foot in his mouth. He doesn’t know what he is talking about. He lashes out verbally at his opponents because he doesn’t have the mental capacity to debate them. Think I’m wrong? Consider this quote from the article linked above.
Such stories are, of course, old hat in an era of gotcha journalism, and this one surely would have gone away without much notice had it not been for what happened next. Livid over Hume’s article, Jackson Lee’s deputy chief of staff, Leon Buck, wrote a letter to the editor of the Hill accusing Hume, who is white, of racism. “You thought you could have fun with a black woman member of the Science Committee,” Buck wrote, comparing the article with racial slurs directed at Tiger Woods after the Masters Tournament. He also criticized Hume’s failure to use “the proper spelling of her name,” a reference to a hyphen that incorrectly appeared between “Jackson” and “Lee.” (As Hume notes, Jackson Lee’s name is hyphenated in Congressional Quarterly’s Who’s Who in Congress 1997 and Politics in America 1998.) What Buck didn’t do, however, was deny that she asked the question.
They’re right. The criticism of Representative Lee had nothing to do with race. However, since her comments couldn’t be defended her supporters deflected. The same holds true here with President Trump. I’m criticizing him here. Hence, I will be called a “Never Trumper” and a hater. However, my point remains.
My criticism of President Trump here has nothing to do with policy, party, or personal preferences. It’s a simple observation. That is a stupic statement from a stupid person. Houston, we have another moron indeed.