Fox News host Jillian Mele is being ridiculed on social media after mistakenly claiming that Russia has a new military fighter jet that can fly at nearly “twice the speed of light.”
“The jet features stealth characteristics and the ability to cruise at supersonic speeds,” Mele said on ‘Fox And Friends’ Wednesday. “The new aircraft is smaller than other Russian fighter jets but can fly at a speed of almost twice the speed of light.”
“The new design can also be converted into an unpiloted version,” she added.
“Unpiloted,” co-host Steve Doocy weighed in, “so you would control it by a computer or a person running it just like a video game.”
“That boggles my mind,” Mele admitted.
Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity concluded that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light.
Naturally, Twitter users had to respond.
Watch the video and some of the reactions below.
Twice the speed of light!
Must be fueled by vodka…. https://t.co/7sPcv5aVpB
— Chris brown (@chrisbrown2075) July 21, 2021
Wow, twice the speed of light. That's fast. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/9mQ1NZuVvQ
— Timothee (@TimotheefromFL) July 21, 2021
This is very unsettling. ‘Fox and Friends’ is saying that the Russians have developed a fighter jet that flies at twice the speed of light! pic.twitter.com/1FLphAXGWk
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) July 21, 2021
Why should they start caring about science now?
— Anna Aurilio M.Sc. (@EnvAmAnna) July 21, 2021
Twice the speed of light.
Somebody call DARPA.
— The Anti-Partisan (@ChrisANethery) July 21, 2021
As a scientist I'm…let's just say skeptical doesn't begin to convey my thoughts. 😂🤦♀️
Twice the speed of light. 😂😂😂
— Dr. Alyndrial (PhD) (@Alyndrial1) July 21, 2021
A jet fighter that can do twice the speed of light: meaning it can hit speeds of 372000mph, allowing it to outrun the missile that it has just deployed & is now ahead of. I wish this reporter spoke at half the speed of sound, so I wouldn't have had to process this utter drivel. https://t.co/QMxHG9U4kj
— James Aithie 🏴 (@JamesAithie) July 21, 2021
— Odyl (@odylammeter) July 21, 2021
— Ariah Makhi (@AriahsAntics) July 21, 2021
Stupidity travels twice the speed of light. Just sayin.
— Luanne ☕️ 🇬🇧🇬🇷🇺🇸 (@CafeLatteLu) July 21, 2021
"Speed of light." Yet none of the news anchors corrects her. https://t.co/OuErpuQCSJ
— Rich Campbell (@RCampbellmc58) July 21, 2021
Twice the speed of light??
Dear God, even my teenage daughter knows that is BEYOND impossible. Lord have mercy pic.twitter.com/mApPH6UA96
— Tammie 🕊 (@tlccourville) July 21, 2021