Jeff Bezos offers to send Donald Trump to space
The founder of Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos, is relatively new to the Twitter universe, but that has not stopped him from gaining a huge following after his tweets regarding GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
Trump is well known in the Twittersphere for his Twitter “storms” commenting sessions that span numerous messages. This time, Trump decided to go after Bezos by commenting on Bezos’ ownership of The Washington Post and how that affects the tax bill at Amazon. None of what Trump has said could be verified, but that did not appear to slow the billionaire.
“The @washingtonpost, which loses a fortune, is owned by @JeffBezos for purposes of keeping taxes down at his no profit company, @amazon.” (as noted on ABCNews.Go.Com).
Bezos waited for a time before responding to Trump’s comment. Despite having only sent out only three tweets in the history of his account, this fourth one struck back using Bezos’ space-related efforts:
“Finally trashed by @realDonaldTrump. Will still reserve him a seat on the Blue Origin rocket. #sendDonaldtospace”
The hashtag has been gaining in popularity but has not quite gone viral yet. Trump’s past and recent comments appear to have encouraged Trump’s detractors in sending him into space.
Tweets ranging from personal rants to images of ‘The Donald’ decked in space gear are now proliferating on Twitter and expanding throughout the rest of the Internet:
“Kathy Gordon @ilovetucker
@JeffBezos #sendDonaldtospace made my morning. Seriously. Do we need a go fund me to help with costs? @realDonaldTrump”
Bezos’ company Blue Origin just completed the first successful launch and recovery of their New Shepard craft. The vehicle traveled past the Kármán line (62 miles or 100 km), the accepted designated of where space begins. The rocket further made history when it returned for a vertical landing, something that caused a bit of a ruckus between Bezos and another billionaire – Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX.
This article was edited at 10:56 p.m. EST to include a link referencing Donald Trump’s Tweet.
Joe Latrell is a life-long avid space enthusiast having created his own rocket company in Roswell, NM in addition to other consumer space endeavors. He continues to design, build and launch his own rockets and has a passion to see the next generation excited about the opportunities of space exploration. Joe lends his experiences from the corporate and small business arenas to organizations such as Teachers In Space, Inc. He is also actively engaged in his church investing his many skills to assist this and other non-profit endeavors.