Add Elon Musk to the list of people who wants to rocket Donald Trump into outer space. At least, according to “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert, that should be Musk’s plan.
In his opening monologue on Thursday night (starting at 3:50 mark), Colbert took time to joke about Musk’s grand vision for sending people to Mars aboard his SpaceX rockets. Calling Musk a guy who is “one lab accident away from being a super villain,” Colbert said that the price to get from Earth to Mars, interestingly, will be $10 billion. Which just happens to be the number Trump attaches to his net worth when he’s asked. Or not asked.
While that number is an exaggeration, so is Musk’s hope that tickets to the Red Planet could cost as little as $100,000.
Colbert said that Musk’s target date of 2022 for first flights would land “halfway through Mike Pence’s second term … because you know Trump is stepping down on day three.”
The comedian even donned a red Make Mars Great Again hat, in the style of Trump’s ubiquitous cap promising to make America that way. But, like a Trump shirt or tie, it wasn’t made here.
“Wouldn’t you know it, made on Venus,” Colbert cracked as he checked the cap’s label.
Colbert’s bit is just the latest from a line of dreamers whose best answer to dealing with the Republican presidential hopeful is to get him as far from Earth as possible. There’s a new mobile game that allows you to help achieve that goal.
And Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, in a space race of his own with Musk, still has this tweet to make good on: