Actor William Shatner took the high road when prodded to speak against President Trump recently. After all, he jokingly says he doesn’t want to get deported.
In an interview published Monday with the Daily Beast, Shatner made it clear he was not part of an effort by his Star Trek colleagues to denounce the President.
In September last year, an anti-Trump letter signed by other Star Trek celebrities showed up on the “Trek Against Trump” Facebook page.
The interview went as follows:
What do you think of President Trump, who you signed a petition against last September?
I didn’t do that. I would never have done that.
Ah, most of the rest of the cast then. Are you afraid when it comes to the arts that President Trump…
…I don’t want to discuss Trump or [George] Takei. Listen, I’m Canadian and I’m apolitical. I love America. I consider myself a guest here. I won’t do anything that might get me deported.
However, Shatner has not entirely refrained from entering into the political fray, as he tweeted the following right after the presidential election:
Let’s face the facts; the world has changed today as we wake up to an unimaginable outcome. 😳😢 https://t.co/wpQM14DdJf
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) November 9, 2016
Shatner, 86, was promoting his new book, Spirit of the Horse.
He is well-known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk on StarTrek, and has done commercials for Priceline.
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