This is an oldie but a goodie, one just too delicious to pass up. You see, Hillary, back in September of 2017, decided to take a stand for gender rights by posting a tweet claiming that NASA wouldn’t let her be an astronaut because she was a girl. In her words:
“When I was a little girl, I wrote to NASA and told them I dreamed of being an astronaut.
They wrote back and said they weren’t taking girls.
A new generation of little girls watched today’s historic spacewalk. May their dreams of reaching the stars have no bounds.”
When I was a little girl, I wrote to NASA and told them I dreamed of being an astronaut.
They wrote back and said they weren't taking girls.
A new generation of little girls watched today's historic spacewalk. May their dreams of reaching the stars have no bounds. https://t.co/MRR9OVmou7
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 18, 2019
She told a similar story in a speech, saying:
“When I was about 13, I wrote to NASA and asked what I needed to do to try to be an astronaut,” she explained. “And of course, there weren’t any women astronauts, and NASA wrote me back and said there would not be any women astronauts. And I was just crestfallen.”
“[…]NASA may have said I couldn’t go into space, but nobody was there to tell Amelia Earhart she couldn’t do what she chose to do.”
She made much the same claim In her post-election loss tell-all, a book called “What Happened”, saying:
“I don’t know what it’s like for other women, but growing up, I didn’t think that much about my gender except when it was front and center.
“Like in 8th grade, when I wrote to NASA to say that I dreamt of becoming an astronaut and someone there wrote back: Sorry, little girl, we don’t accept women into the space program.”
You’ll notice, however, the difference between the tweet and the story from the book: in the tweet, she said she was a “little girl” when she wrote the letter. In the book, she said she was in eighth grade. Eighth graders are typically 13-14 years old, so that rendition at least lines up with the one she made in the speech.
Well, someone picked up on how ridiculous the whole story was, particularly the “little girl” rendition, and said son on Twitter. He, in a comment on Hillary’s tweet, said:
“You were born in 1947, NASA wasn’t formed until 1958 and we didn’t have an astronaut in space until until 1962 when you were 15 years old.
You didn’t write a letter to NASA when you were a little girle and you should definitely stop drunk tweeting.”
— Sharon Middleton THE MCCARRON’S DESTINY (@CucuillinSkyes) April 1, 2022
CNBC, on the other hand, ate the story up, saying:
Clinton wrote the letter sometime around 1960. It wasn’t until 1978 that the first female astronaut candidates were admitted into the program.
A NASA representative told CNBC Make It that the letter was “a reflection of the early 1960′s culture when astronauts were required to be military test pilots. We believe NASA today embraces the race and gender diversity that reflects America and its values.”
Both admit that the letter would have come in the 1960s, when Hillary was already a bit older than a “young girl,” with perhaps “teenager” being more accurate. That would have been a bit old to not realize that the astronauts were all guys; maybe Hillary just isn’t a biologist. Noting how ridiculous the notion that a teenager Hillary wrote the letter, Defcon News noted:
An astronaut wasn’t even a thing until she was 14-years-old, so how is it that “little girl” Hillary Clinton wrote a letter to a government agency that didn’t exist, inquiring about a profession that also didn’t exist?
Maybe Hillary did write the letter, maybe she didn’t. Either way, it’s obvious that only the most sycophantic of the MSM sources believe her claims.