Allegiance Star George Takei Lambastes Candidate Donald Trump on Muslim Ban

News   Allegiance Star George Takei Lambastes Candidate Donald Trump on Muslim Ban
George Takei, star of the Broadway musical Allegiance, appeared on MSNBC Dec. 8 to lambaste Republican Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump's proposal that all Muslims be banned from entering the U.S. until the situation with the Syrian-based terror group ISIS is cleared up.

George Takei and Lea Salonga in <i>Allegiance</i>
George Takei and Lea Salonga in Allegiance Matthew Murphy

Allegiance, which stars Takei and Lea Salonga, dramatizes the corrosive effect of the internment of American citizens of Japanese descent in camps during the World War II, in which the U.S. was part of an alliance fighting Nazi Germany, fascist Italy and Imperial Japan.

Trump proposed banning Muslims from entering the U.S. in the aftermath of the Nov. 13 gun attacks on Paris, including the mass killing at the Bataclan Theatre, and the more recent shootings in San Bernardino, CA.

In his televised reaction, Takei said, "failure of political leadership" was the main reason "hysteria" was able to lead to the internment of Japanese-American during earlier war, and he said Trump represents a new chapter in that failure. He said that in light of the current "hysteria" about Muslims, Allegiance is "uncannily timely."

See the full clip below:

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