Set phasers to vote for Hillary Clinton. The cast and crew of Star Trek have signed an open letter endorsing Hillary Clinton for president and denouncing the candidacy of Donald Trump. Star Trek cast and crew members from the current movie franchise including J.J. Abrams, Justin Lin, Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, and John Cho joined Trekkies from the past like Kate Mulgrew, George Takei, and family members of the deceased Leonard Nimoy and creator Gene Roddenberry to urge people to vote for Clinton over Trump or even a third-party candidate. (The Borg-eyed among you will note that there are some notable absences including William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, and Avery Brooks.) In a Facebook group called “Trek Against Trump” they write:
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. We cannot turn our backs on what is happening in the upcoming election. Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek universe as Donald Trump. His election would take this country backward, perhaps disastrously. We need to elect a president who will move this country forward into the kind of future we all dream of: where personal differences are understood and accepted, where science overrules superstition, where people work together instead of against each other.
And no, voting for a third-party candidate won’t do! Trekkies are realistic people, after all, and they argue that a protest vote for a Libertarian or Green Party candidate would be “illogical and inaccurate.” (Is that you, Spock?) Read the full letter below: