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When Topic Of Trump Comes Up, William Shatner Refuses To Take The Bait

If you don’t have anything nice to say, sometimes it’s best not to say anything at all. That wisdom has been handed down from generation to generation, but it seems like there’s a whole host of folks out there who could use a refresher on that principle. Many celebrities have been particularly egregious offenders of late, and we’ve seen all kinds of eyebrow-raising meltdowns as a result.

So what’s wrong in those celebs' world these days? Why politics, of course! It’s no secret that an inordinately large portion of the entertainment community swings incredibly hard to the left, and the fact that President Donald Trump is in office is just too much for some of them to take. The amount of hatred that has been thrown in the direction of a sitting president is nothing short of astonishing. Regardless of political leanings, there’s something to be said for respecting the office of the president.

As the Independent Journal Review shares, not all celebrities are guilty in this regard. In fact, some of them stay out of political discussions entirely, because they know that they’re jumping down a rabbit hole they may not be able to get out of if they do. William Shatner managed to pull that off recently, and he provided a perfect template for other celebrities that want to avoid the topic while doing so.

Shatner was being interviewed by The Daily Beast, and the inevitable Trump question came up. Shatner’s former Star Trek co-star, George Takei, has been a very public detractor of Trump, and a question was lobbed at Shatner to see if he would take the bait. He didn’t, and he came out of the conversation smelling like roses for how he handled it.

“I don’t want to discuss Trump or Takei. Listen, I’m Canadian and I’m apolitical. I love America. I consider myself a guest here,” he said. “I won’t do anything that might get me deported.”

In a word, perfect. Shatner didn’t get pulled into it, and he was even able to back out of it while dropping a memorable line that anyone can get a laugh out of. Simple, neat, and end of story. Shatner will not be blasted all over the place for saying something outlandish, and he won’t be overwhelmed by internet trolls that disagree with his position.

Now that Shatner has provided an example for other celebs to follow, he can exit stage left and continue to find plenty of other things to occupy his time. Sounds like he has something else up his sleeve - if he gets around to it, that is.

“I’d like to be on 'The Voice' and sing a song from my forthcoming Christmas album. That reminds me… I haven’t recorded the album yet. I must do that before I get old,” Shatner added.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed that Shatner will make that happen sooner rather than later, and we’ll admire the fact that he’s managed not to alienate half of the country in the meantime.

Source: Independent Journal Review
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