Donald Trump: Star Trek's J.J. Abrams, Chris Pine sign letter opposing candidate
Donald Trump has earned the wrath of the Enterprise. A group called Trek Against Trump railed against the Republican presidential nominee in an open letter endorsed by a number of cast and crew involved with the Star Trek franchise.
The letter begins, “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. We cannot turn our backs on what is happening in the upcoming election.”
Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams, Chris Pine, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, George Takei, Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin, CBS’ Star Trek Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller, and Leonard Nimoy’s son, Adam, are among the long list of names endorsing the movement.
“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 continues. “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.”
The group urges voters to support Hillary Clinton over a third-party candidate because the latter would be “both illogical and inaccurate.” The letter notes how the Democratic nominee “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.”
The statement adds, “If, as some say, the government is broken, a protest vote will not fix it.”
Read the full letter below.