We’re not sure where George Takei got the idea that he should be taken seriously as a policy expert, but no matter how much he huffs and puffs, at the end of the day, he’s still as clueless — and tone-deaf — as they come:
"At least during the internment… I was not taken from my parents": Actor George Takei argues that family separations occurring at the US border are worse than the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II https://t.co/8uzpD8ZRfr pic.twitter.com/cdpmo2EtF2
— CNN (@CNN) June 19, 2018
More from CNN:
Actor George Takei argued that “in one core, horrifying way,” the family separations occurring at the United States’ southern border are “worse” than the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.
“At least during the internment, my parents were able to place themselves between the horror of what we were facing and my own childish understanding of our circumstances,” Takei wrote, describing the ways his family protected him from “the grim reality” of their circumstances.
“At least during the internment, we remained a family, and I credit that alone for keeping the scars of our unjust imprisonment from deepening on my soul,” he continued. “I cannot for a moment imagine what my childhood would have been like had I been thrown into a camp without my parents. That this is happening today fills me with both rage and grief: rage toward a failed political leadership who appear to have lost even their most basic humanity, and a profound grief for the families affected.”
Feeling outraged on behalf of children being separated from their parents is fair. Comparing what’s happening at the border to the internment of Japanese Americans is not.
— Huge Merk (@TheHugeMerk) June 19, 2018
George Takei doesn't know history then. It's odd he'd attempt to make the comparison.
— William White (@William30811566) June 19, 2018
It’s not so odd when you consider his ignorance.
The sad thing about the internment camps is they were US Citizens. Bad comparison.
— Jeremy K. (@JeremyC33) June 19, 2018
No comparison, you were already living inside our country. VERY BAD EXAMPLE.
— Linda Lewis (@snowball1926) June 19, 2018
I disagree Mr. George Takei……What happened to the Japanese-Americans during World War II was way worse than whats happening to these illegal immigrants. You and they were American citizens. That should have never happened.
— Sits Sayamnath (@Sits_Racha) June 19, 2018
GP Then George Takei is a moron. When Mr. Takei was interned, he was an American citizen whose only crime was being of Japanese descent. He was legally present in America. The illegal immigrants committed a crime, aren't citizens, and aren't legally present. https://t.co/LZaq3vA43a
— The Gormogons (@Gormogons) June 19, 2018
This is a great point, because incarceration of foreigners who willfully broke the law is exactly like race-based incarceration of law-abiding American citizens. https://t.co/oWGbT2ZhOA
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) June 19, 2018
Quit while you’re behind, George.
Exactly which part of the illegal border entry prosecution is akin to the Japanese-American internment camps? @GeorgeTakei is not a serious man.
— Echo of Conscience (@ConscienceEcho) June 19, 2018
Shameful nonsense. https://t.co/HaqU1dChbH
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) June 19, 2018
He once again proves he has no clue about the issue he is commenting on.
— SoiledBrain (@SoiledBrain) June 19, 2018
This is why he should not be taken seriously. https://t.co/IkyLqlnal4
— Pradheep J. Shanker, M.D., M.S. (@Neoavatara) June 19, 2018
This is the type of comment that needs a collective pushback from everyone. Yes, that includes the media. This is a dangerous, insulting and perspective-less comment. It is not true, it's not even close to a valid analogy, and it pushes us farther from reality.
— The Artist Formerly Known As Staple Genius (@earlp1231) June 19, 2018