The cast and crew of Star Trek slams Donald Trump and an “illogical” third-party vote

To come in peace.
To come in peace.
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The US presidential election is getting so heated that even the Star Trek universe felt it had to take a side. Several members of the franchise’s cast and crew are banding together in vocal opposition to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“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,” writes the group Trek Against Trump, in a Facebook post that has been shared 2,971 times since it was posted on Sept. 29. “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 post lambasts the billionaire real-estate mogul and reality television star, calling him “an amateur with a contemptuous ignorance of national laws and international realities.”

Reminding fans that “the resolution of conflicts on Star Trek was never easy,” the group also slams the idea of a third-party vote, writing, “We have heard people say they will vote Green or Libertarian or not at all because the two major candidates are equally flawed. That is both illogical and inaccurate.”

The list of celebrities who have endorsed the group’s open letter include George Takei, J.J. Abrams, Zoe Saldena, Will Wheaton, and Zachary Quinto. They note that their campaign is neither affiliated nor endorsed or sponsored by CBS Studios, Paramount Pictures, or the “Star Trek” franchise itself. Several Star Trek cast and crew members have also posted their thoughts individually on Twitter.