Why a conservative Republican invited left-leaning Bill Nye to the State of the Union

· January 29, 2018  
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The first season of Bill Nye’s Netflix show earned a lot of ire from conservatives when it premiered, thanks to controversial topics such as global population control, climate change, and a little song-and-dance number about genitalia, but that won’t stop him from coming to Capitol Hill at a Republican’s invitation.

Yes, despite his new left-leaning brand, former children’s show host Nye will actually be the guest of a prominent conservative lawmaker at this week’s State of the Union address.

According to a report at Roll Call, Nye will attend at the invitation of conservative Freedom Caucus founding member Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla.

When asked about the seemingly odd juxtaposition, a spokeswoman for the congressman’s office said that the reasons actually go back a long way.

“Congressman Bridenstine and Bill Nye, CEO of the Planetary Society, have known each other for a number of years and have more in common than you may think,” Bridenstine’s office told CRTV in an email.

Bridenstine has been awaiting confirmation as President Trump’s NASA administrator, but has been obstructed by Democrats for months because of his prior stances on traditional values.

However, Bridenstine’s passion for space policy is what really helped drive his decision to invite the Science Guy to the president’s annual address.

“They both believe in a science-driven national space program. They also believe that space exploration uniquely inspires people to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and math,” the statement continues. “Both [the congressman and Nye] believe that NASA is the world’s preeminent agency to conduct the science necessary to understand our changing planet.”

“As Bill Nye has often said, ‘NASA is the best brand the United States has,’” the statement concludes. “This means that the NASA Administrator not only works to advance space exploration, but also serves as an informal ambassador of U.S. capability, optimism, and leadership in the world.”

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Author: Nate Madden

Nate Madden is CRTV’s congressional correspondent. Follow him @NateMaddenCRTV or send tips to [email protected].