Although he was once only recognizable to the kind of folks who attend Star Trek conventions, George Takei has become a leftist darling thanks to his inoffensively politicized social media presence. However, Takei recently misjudged his social media following so badly that he ended up humiliating himself in the process, and it was all thanks to a poll.
On Friday morning, Takei published a timed poll on Twitter asking his followers to weigh in on an incredibly loaded question.
“Trump says the media is the true enemy of the American people. So let’s take a poll. Who do you think does MORE HARM to the American people?” the poll read. Respondents could choose between “The ‘Unfair’ News Media” or “Donald J. Trump.”
It’s no secret that Takei — an outspoken progressive activist whose Twitter profile picture features a cartoonified version of him holding a “Dump Trump” sign – expected his mindless legion of followers to go along with his courageous political statement.
Instead, only 51 percent had selected Trump by the time nearly 70,000 votes had already been cast, with the rest of them going toward the media. Before the poll could completely backfire and end up with the media as the most harmful American institution, Takei scrubbed it from his Twitter account altogether.
Keep in mind that the kind of people who follow Takei are probably not the same kind of people who voted for Trump.
A separate poll conducted last week by Fox News, though, seems to have revealed that Takei’s poll was accurate, even if he didn’t want it to be.
In response to the question, “Who do you trust more to tell the public the truth – the Trump administration or the reporters who cover the administration?” 45 percent of respondents sided with the Trump administration, while only 42 percent sided with the media.
“Oh My” is right, George Takei.