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There are a couple of reasons why very few Americans will be voting for Marvel superhero Groot in today’s presidential election. For one thing, as an extraterrestrial, he is constitutionally unable to become this country’s commander-in-chief. And, for another, he is a fictional character. (Also? Securing the necessary translators for his foreign trips would be a logistical nightmare.)

Regardless, earlier today, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn hit Facebook to warn people not to vote for Groot — and, specifically, his catchphrase “I am Groot” — while also urging citizens to vote for someone.

“Americans — as much as you may be tempted to write in, ‘I am Groot,’ please don’t succumb to the modern malaise of saying there is no difference between the candidates or it doesn’t matter what you do,” Gunn pleaded. “There is an enormous difference between the two major candidates for President this year, and they will each affect the face of our country very differently. And, as has been shown in recent elections, your vote may be the difference between one or the other.”

“So please vote,” he continued. “Your voice deserves to be heard. This is your country, and your world. Vote your conscience and vote with love. I believe in all of you. Godspeed.”

Guardians of the Galaxy
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