Actor George Takei, best known for his role in “Star Trek,” is an outspoken liberal who makes his opposition to President Donald Trump very clear. But on Friday, he took his rhetoric up a notch.
Takei took to his Twitter account to compare Trump to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. In fact, Takei said the two leaders are in the “same basket.”
“Understand that the rest of the world puts both Kim Jong-un and Donald J. Trump into the same unbalanced, nuclear-armed state leader basket,” Takei wrote.
Understand that the rest of the world puts both Kim Jong-un and Donald J. Trump into the same unbalanced, nuclear-armed state leader basket.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 15, 2017
Takei’s comparison comes as U.S. relations with North Korea continue to tank. Last week, the U.S. Navy sent U.S. Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 1, which includes the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, to the Western Pacific near waters just off the Korean Peninsula.
Saturday also marked North Korea’s national holiday “Day of the Sun,” which commemorates the birthday of their “eternal president” Kim Il-sung, who was the country’s first dictator.
Also over the weekend, North Korea test launched another missile, though the test proved to be an enormous failure.
Many people bashed Takei for his comparison. After all, North Korea is an enemy of the U.S:
@GeorgeTakei Understand the fact you can bitch about Trump openly on Twitter proves he's nothing like Kim Jong-in.
— The🐰FOO (@PolitiBunny) April 15, 2017
@GeorgeTakei You are deeply mentally unbalanced. You need psychological help.
— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) April 15, 2017
— (((Aaron Worthing))) (@AaronWorthing) April 15, 2017
@PolitiBunny The irony of people TWEETING this garbage is completely lost on them, huh?
— clarice starling (@hell_oh_clarice) April 15, 2017
@GeorgeTakei Funny. I haven't heard of Donald Trump having his own people shot. Let alone with an anti-aircraft gun.
— Richard DeCamp (@richdecamp) April 15, 2017
— Juli Caldwell (@ImJuliCaldwell) April 15, 2017
But the large majority of replies fell in agreement with Takei’s comparison — a surprisingly scary reaction given that the vast majority of Takei’s followers are Americans. Many even said they felt Trump is a more dangerous leader:
@GeorgeTakei A basket of deplorables indeed.
— Ryan Graney (@RyanEGraney) April 15, 2017
— Mike Brown (@BrownSugarCSB) April 15, 2017
@GeorgeTakei Trump is as scary as Kim Jong-un. A man who's so narcissistic he thinks he can solve the world's problems basically by himself is dangerous.
— Josee (Evita) (@Joseevita) April 15, 2017
— NoFucksGiven (@FionaGillen2013) April 15, 2017
@GeorgeTakei I think a lot of the world, us Aussies included, see trump as more dangerous. He is unpredictably mad – KJ is at least predictably mad.
— Youngy (@adrianjyoung) April 15, 2017