Twitter is torn between joy and the certainty that this is an April Fools joke. From the Hollywood Reporter:
Actor George Takei, best known for his role as Mr. Sulu on the original Star Trek television series, announced on Twitter Friday night that he would be running for Congress. “Well, the cat’s out of the bag it seems. Let’s do this! #Takei2018,” Takei wrote. He then linked to a Daily Buzz article which claimed Takei had spoken with the outlet.
Takei, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and his administration, was quoted to say, “With what is going on now in the country, I couldn’t stand by any longer merely as a citizen. I knew I had to take a bigger stand. So that’s why I’m running for Congress. My hope is to challenge Davin Nunes for his seat in 2018.”
Nunes, the house intelligence committee chairman, has come under fire recently for his investigation into possible collusion between Trump and Russia during the 2016 election. Critics, such as Takei, have accused Nunes of being too soft on Trump.
From the Daily Buzz:
“I think Nunes is vulnerable. And I plan to prove that. People are tired of his ass-kissing of Trump. Can I say that? I think I can. These days you can say pretty much anything and not get in trouble. I want to be a champion for all people, but especially those whose voices are not heard often in the halls of Congress. We need to build a majority again in Congress, too, to be a check against the Trump Administration’s excesses, assuming he’s even around by then to keep making horrific mistakes.”
@GeorgeTakei Really? Honestly?
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) April 1, 2017
@GeorgeTakei I hope you can count me as one of your early endorsers!! This is great news!
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) April 1, 2017
UPDATE: Oh, well. It was fun to dream about for a minute.
No, I’m not running for Congress. Happy 4/1!
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 1, 2017