On Tuesday, Vice President Kamala Harris presented the Congressional Space Medal of Honor to former NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken who were on the SpaceX Demonstration Mission-2 to the International Space Station in 2020. After the event, Harris was widely mocked for her “patronizing” description of the space launch that seemed like it was written by a five-year-old.
Giving a childish recounting of the space launch in her typical, overenthusiastic tone, Harris said, “Which brings me to May 30, 2020. Bob and Doug returned to the Kennedy Space Center. They suited up. They waved to their families, and they rode an elevator up nearly 20 stories.”
“They strapped into their seats and waited as the tanks beneath filled with tens of thousands of gallons of fuel,” Harris continued, as if she were speaking to a class of kindergartners. “And they launched. Yeah, they did.”
Tucker Carlson mocked Harris on his Fox News show on Wednesday. After playing a clip of Harris’ speech, he said, “Imagine your dumbest, most officious kindergarten teacher takes a ton of acid and then becomes Vice President. She’s not sober.”
Tucker Carlson perfectly describes Kamala Harris:
"Imagine the dumbest kindergarten teacher takes a ton of acid and then becomes Vice President." pic.twitter.com/2Bfe3Jz12A
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) February 1, 2023
Townhall columnist Derek Hunter blasted Harris on Twitter, saying, “Who is she speaking to? I have to assume it’s a group of 3-year-old closed head injury sufferers, right?”
Townhall’s Twitter account also posted, “Only Kamala Harris can make a description of an astronaut’s launch seem patronizing.”
Steve Guest, the communications advisor to Ted Cruz, commented on the VP’s speech. “It’s like a 5-year-old wrote this,” he said.
Kamala Harris on astronauts:
"They strapped in to their seats and waited as the tanks beneath them filled with tens of thousands of gallons of fuel. And then they launched! Yeah, they did!"
It's like a 5-year old wrote this.pic.twitter.com/JrEYaebMQ6
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) January 31, 2023
Founder and CEO of Rumble Up and My Switchboard, Thomas Peters, joined in on Twitter’s roast of Harris, asking how “they launched” is a “laugh line.”
How is “they launched” a laugh line?! 🤯 https://t.co/3gMNO3mLmB
— Thomas Peters 🤦♂️ (@AmericanPapist) January 31, 2023