Actor and social media star George Takei blasted Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims, saying the Republican frontrunner’s proposal was very much like the Japanese internment camp he was forced into as a child.
“What Donald Trump is talking about is something that’s going to make his logo ‘America disgraced again,’” Takei said Tuesday on “MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts.”“It’s all over again, we don’t know our history, and when we don’t know that, we don’t learn the lesson from our history.”
Takei was imprisoned as a 5-year-old with his parents at an internment camp in Arkansas during World War II, and he disagreed with Trump’s claim that his anti-Muslim proposal was “a whole different thing.”
“It’s ironic that he made that comment on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day — the very event that put us in those internment camps,” Takei said.
The former “Star Trek” star said Trump was fanning the same flames that engulfed the U.S. after the Japanese attack 74 years ago.
“(A congressional investigation) found that it was three things that brought (those camps) about,” Takei said. “One was racial hysteria, second was war hysteria and third was failure of political leadership. Donald Trump is the perfect example of that failure.”
Trump has extended his ban to include even Muslim-American citizens who are traveling abroad, and Takei said he had been a victim of that type of discrimination as a boy.
“It was because political leadership could not educate the hysteria that was sweeping across this country,” he said. “‘Get rid of the Japs’ was the most popular political issue of the time, and they didn’t recognize the fact that 2/3 of us were American citizens. My mother was born in Sacramento, my father was a San Franciscan — we were children then, but we were born in Los Angeles. We were Americans, and yet they thought that we had an organic, genetic loyalty to the emperor (of Japan), and so we were all imprisoned with no charges. It was a most unconstitutional act, and President Ronald Reagan in 1988 apologized for that and pledged a $20,000 redress — a token redress, but nevertheless, America apologized for it.”