He largely held back from criticizing the president following Election Day, but on Sunday, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson ripped Donald Trump's budget in a series of eight tweets. Trump's federal budget for 2018 was unveiled on Thursday, and was widely criticized for the proposed deep cuts to scientific research, the arts, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Agriculture Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, and a long list of other agencies and programs. In his tweet spree, Tyson hailed Trump's budget as a quick and easy way to make American "sick," "weak," and "stupid."
We all want to Make America Great Again. But that won't happen until we first Make America Smart Again.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 19, 2017
Tyson first tweeted a call to "make America smart again" on Nov. 4, days before Trump even claimed victory. He has since posted the same message again on another occasion, promoted it on his Star Talk podcast, made shirts bearing the slogan, and talked about it on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
“I think we have a four-year mission now,” he said during his interview with Colbert. “I think what we need to do, let us together, make America smart again.”
In total, Trump's budget would cut $54 billion across federal agencies and popular programs. With a 31.4 percent proposed decrease in funding, the Environmental Protection Agency is set to take the biggest hit of all. The State Department comes in second with a planned 28.7 percent cut, and the Labor Department takes third place with 20.7 percent of its funds set to be stripped.
With an administration that habitually misrepresents facts or presents flat-out falsehoods, it would benefit the whole country to listen to Tyson's message.