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George Takei: Muslim Registry Talk by Trump Backer 'Morally Bankrupt'

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In this March 15 file photo, actor George Takei attends the premiere of "Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures" in Los Angeles, Calif. (Phil McCarten/Invision/AP, File)
 

By    |   Friday, 18 Nov 2016 01:19 PM

George Takei is shuddering at a Muslim registry and internment talk by a Trump backer, calling comments by Carl Higbie, a former spokesman for the pro-Trump organization Great America PAC, “morally bankrupt.”

The actor and activist blasted the Donald Trump supporter for remarks calling Japanese-American internment camps “precedent,” during an interview about the proposed national registry for immigrants from Muslim countries, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Higbie made the comments during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” on Wednesday, saying that registries have been practiced in the past.

“We’ve done it based on race, we’ve done it based on religion, we’ve done it based on region,” Higbie told host Megyn Kelly.

He said the practice would pass legal challenges.

“We’ve done it with Iran back – back a while ago. We did it during World War II with Japanese, which, call it what you will, may be wrong,” he added.

Kelly replied, “Come on, you’re not proposing that we go back to the days of internment camps, I hope.”

Higbie then said, “I’m not proposing that at all. … I’m just saying, there is precedent for it. I'm not saying I agree with it.”

When Kelly continued to challenge the idea, Higbie said, “Look, the president needs to protect America first and if that means having people that are not protected under our Constitution have some sort of registry so we can understand – until we can identify the true threat and where it’s coming from, I support it.”

Takei called the remarks dangerous.

“The Japanese-American internment was an egregious violation of our national values and principles, a terrible event for which Congress apologized in 1988,” Takei said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “To invoke that dark chapter as a precedent for any action against any minorities today is a morally bankrupt and dangerous step, completely out-of-bounds with contemporary notions of civil and human rights.”

“It is more important than ever that the story of the internment be told and heard. We must remain vigilant and mindful of our past mistakes, so that history does not repeat itself,” he continued. “Trump’s rhetoric and plans to profile Muslims indicate that he has not learned the folly of the internment, nor the forces of fear and prejudice that propelled it.”

Takei was kept at an internment camp in Arkansas with his family during World War II, Jezebel noted. He entered the camp at age 5 and didn’t leave until three years later.

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George Takei is shuddering at a Muslim registry and internment talk by a Trump backer, calling comments by Carl Higbie, a former spokesman for the pro-Trump organization Great America PAC, “morally bankrupt.”
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