George Takei compares Trump fear-mongering to anti-Japanese hysteria during WWII
George Takei continued his call on Friday for voters from around the political spectrum to band together against Donald Trump’s probable presidential nomination, Media Matters reported.
“Elections have consequences,” Takei told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “When you look beyond the November general election, it’s a whole different America that we’re looking at. I want it to be the kind of America that I love and the largest common ground we share is as Americans. We don’t want a fear-monger, someone who wants to build walls on the southern border, ban Muslims, all the things that we don’t want our country to be. I love America and I don’t want that to be the America that we’re going to be living in after November.”
The actor and activist made his remarks as protests greeted Trump for the second day in a row during his appearance at the California Republican Convention. Earlier this week, Takei released a video asking supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders to get behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should she indeed clinch the nomination on the Democratic side.
“I respect Bernie supporters and Libertarians and Green [Party] people,” he said on Friday. “But when we get past the primary, I think we should start looking at the larger picture. We don’t want Donald Trump to be the president of the United States.”
Takei also invoked his childhood experiences inside a Japanese internment camp during World War II.
“I grew up behind the barbed wire fences of American concentration camps. And that was because the nation was swept up by war hysteria and the fact that we happened to look like the people that bombed Pearl Harbor and I don’t want that kind of America to return,” he said. “And what we hear, the fear-mongering from the Republicans, is chilling and I know how horrible that can be.”
Watch footage from the interview, as posted by Media Matters, below.