Star Trek veterans like George Takei, J.J. Abrams, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Jonathan Frakes and dozens more have united to endorse Trek Against Trump, an unaffiliated fan group that encourages all Trekkies to vote for Hillary Clinton on Election Day. “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 group wrote.
“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,” Trek Against Trump added. “We cannot turn our backs on what is happening in the upcoming election.”
The group also called giving a vote to either third party candidate – Gary Johnson or Jill Stein – as “illogical and inaccurate.”
“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,” the group added. “If, as some say, the government is broken, a protest vote will not fix it.”
Although Trek Against Trump is “not endorsed, sponsored, or affiliated with CBS Studios Inc., Paramount Pictures Corp or the Star Trek franchise,” they did manage to recruit some Trek heavyweights to their cause from all eras of the space saga.
Signees span from the original cast (Takei, Walter Koenig) and The Next Generation (Frakes, Brett Spiner, Wil Wheaton, LeVar Burton) to Voyager (Kate Mulgrew, Robert Duncan McNeill) to the cast and crew of the cinematic reboot (Pine, Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, John Cho and more.)
Adam and Susan Nimoy, the son and widow of Spock portrayer Leonard Nimoy, also signed the Trek Against Trump treatise.
“Do this not merely for yourself but for all the generations that follow,” the group said in conclusion. “Vote for a future of enlightenment and inclusion, a future that will someday lead us to the stars.”