Almost Everyone Who's Ever Worked on Star Trek Is Begging You Not to Vote for Trump

Image: “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield,” proof of the futility of removing politics from Star Trek.
Image: “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield,” proof of the futility of removing politics from Star Trek.

In one of the least surprising turn of events in history, the people who worked on Star Trek--a show which envisions a future Earth without sexism, racism, religion, and even money--find the thought of a Trump presidency abhorrent. More surprisingly, they all want to be clear that a vote for a third party is a vote for Trump.


A post on the Facebook group Trek Against Trump (“not endorsed, sponsored, or affiliated with CBS Studios Inc., Paramount Pictures Corp or the “’Star Trek’ franchise.”) explains that “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.”

But Trek Against Trump isn’t just telling people not to vote for Trump, though. Perhaps surprisingly for a show with ideals as far left as Star Trek’s, the post also takes the time to urge people to be logical about how our two-party system actually works:

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. 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. If, as some say, the government is broken, a protest vote will not fix it.

If anyone is going to be affected by this post--and it would be great if this managed to be persuasive--it’s going to be people who think of Hillary Clinton as too moderate for them.

Most of the Trek-affiliated people you can name has endorsed this letter. A small sampling includes J.J. Abrams, Scott Bakula, Ira Steven Behr, LeVar Burton, John Cho, Peter David, Jonathan Frakes, Bryan Fuller, Walter Koenig, Gates McFadden, Kate Mulgrew, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Robinson, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, and George Takei. Notably missing from the list are William Shatner and Patrick Stewart.

As is traditional anytime anyone the entertainment industry says anything mildly political, there are commenters complaining about the combination Star Trek and politics—which, of course, ignores the entire history of this franchise, as many people have noted. (To say nothing of the series’ commitment to tolerance and diversity.)


Here’s the complete post and list of endorsements:


Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.



I would love it if this and its sister sites would stop posting political stuff entirely.

BUT... yet again is Trump being unfairly accused of things he is not. But rather than listen to facts, people listen to the mainstream media and whiny liberals who don’t care about the facts.

So it will be with extreme smugness on November 9th when I watch all of you lose your collective minds after Trump wins. And hopefully everybody who has threatened to leave the country if he does, will actually do so. It’ll make it a better place.