Nearly the entire alumni of Star Trek have signed an open letter urging American citizens not to vote for Republican candidate Donald Trump in the upcoming U.S. presidential elections. The members strongly feel Trump goes against every ideal the Star Trek universe believes in. If not the entire American population, the “Trekkies” are expected to vote for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton on Election Day.
Almost everybody who has ever been associated with Star Trek the series and the movies, including actors, directors, producers, and supporting staff, have signed an open letter asking American citizens not to vote for Donald Trump. The group of more than a 100 has openly endorsed Hillary Clinton and expects all the dedicated fans of Star Trek, known as Trekkies, to vote for her on Election Day, reported Ars Technica. Trek Against Trump is an unaffiliated fan group of the immensely popular science fiction series that enjoys a cult status. The group is cautioning that America has never seen a presidential candidate so against every ideal Star Trek has held dear.
“Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek universe as Donald Trump.”
The letter has been signed by the likes of Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho, and Zoe Saldana who have lent their support to the group Trek Against Trump. Even veterans like George Takei, J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Frakes, Scott Bakula, LeVar Burton, Terry Farrell, and dozens more have endorsed the fan group and its movement. Even Adam and Susan Nimoy, the son and widow of Spock portrayer Leonard Nimoy rallied behind the group.
The letter cautioning Americans against Republican candidate Donald Trump reads:
“Star Trek has always offered a positive vision of the future, a vision of hope and optimism, and most importantly, a vision of inclusion, where people of all races are accorded equal respect and dignity, where individual beliefs and lifestyles are respected so long as they pose no threat to others.”
Speaking about Donald Trump in particular, the letter notes the following.
“We cannot turn our backs on what is happening in the upcoming election. Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek universe as Donald Trump. His election would take this country backward, perhaps disastrously. We need to elect a president who will move this country forward into the kind of future we all dream of: where personal differences are understood and accepted, where science overrules superstition, where people work together instead of against each other.”
While the letter doesn’t hold back its disdain against the Republican candidate, it openly applauds Hillary Clinton and showers praises on her, admiring her knowledge and service to the nation.
“Either Secretary Clinton or Mr. Trump will occupy the White House. One is an amateur with a contemptuous ignorance of national laws and international realities, while the other has devoted her life to public service, and has deep and valuable experience with the proven ability to work with Congress to pass desperately needed legislation.”
Interestingly, the letter also stresses that giving a vote to either third party candidate, Gary Johnson or Jill Stein, isn’t a “logical choice.” Voting Green or Libertarian merely thinking the two major candidates are “equally flawed” is “illogical and inaccurate.” In classic Star Trek style, the open letter signed by the alumni concludes by saying the following.
“Do this not merely for yourself but for all the generations that follow. Vote for a future of enlightenment and inclusion, a future that will someday lead us to the stars.”
Interestingly, the group openly admits that Trek Against Trump is “not endorsed, sponsored, or affiliated with CBS Studios Inc., Paramount Pictures Corp or the Star Trek franchise,” reports Rolling Stone.
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