George Takei gives Trump a reminder of the profound horror of nuclear weapons
Thursday found Donald Trump once again going ballistic on Twitter, writing a prolific series of bizarre Tweets including one that insisted that America bolster its nuclear weapons arsenal until “the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”
This didn’t sit at all well with Japanese-American actor George Takei, who wrote a personal and powerful note to the president-elect that asked him to reflect on the horror that nuclear weapons has inflicted on people throughout history.
Trump wants to expand our nuclear arsenal. I think of my aunt and baby cousin, found burnt in a ditch in Hiroshima. These weapons must go.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 22, 2016
As The Huffington Post reports, Takei had family members who were murdered in Hiroshima during World War II, when the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on the city on August 6, 1945, killing thousands instantly upon impact and some 140,000 by year’s end.
It’s not the first time he’s written about Hiroshima, either. Back in May, Takei penned an opinion piece for The Guardian, praising Obama’s visit to Hiroshima.
“I share Obama’s call for a nuclear-free world,” he wrote. “We must pledge to work closely with other powers, to reduce not only the number of weapons in our arsenals, but also the numbers of states bearing or seeking to bear them.”