Late night TV never runs out of material, thanks to Donald Trump, and on Thursday the hosts took great delight in slamming the U.S. president’s latest announcement for an American space force.
“We don’t need a space force,” Stephen Colbert said on “The Late Show”. “Please wait until NASA finds life before you try to kill it.”
Vice-President Mike Pence made the announcement during a Pentagon speech on Thursday, stating the government’s intention to form a U.S. space force by 2020.
“Now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America’s best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation,” Pence said.
“No surprise, Pence is a huge fan of space. It is the farthest you can get from being alone with a human woman,” Colbert quipped.
Over on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, the host discovered that there already was a ‘space force’ in the form of a 1970s TV movie starring Fred Willard.
In a hilarious sketch, Willard interrupted Kimmel’s monologue, dressed in his very ’70s-looking space suit, claiming that he’s ready to “re-enlist.”
“President Trump is gonna make outer space great again!” Willard exclaimed. “We’re building a space wall and those filthy Neptunians are gonna pay for it!”
Meanwhile, on the “Daily Show”, Trevor Noah was disappointed by how boring Pence made the space force sound, comparing the vice-president’s serious-toned speech with Trump’s previous declarations on the project.
“Trump’s like, ‘We’re gonna go up there and we’re gonna have sex with those aliens!'” Noah said, “and Pence is like, ‘There will be no sex with aliens… not until after marriage.'”
On “The Tonight Show”, Jimmy Fallon took a musical approach to the news, enlisting The Roots frontman Black Thought to help transform Trump’s recent Twitter rants into a recap rap, which of course included the president’s tweet of “Space Force all the way.”
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