Actor George Takei, best known for his role as Mr. Sulu on the original Star Trek television series, announced on Twitter Friday night that he would be running for Congress.
"Well, the cat's out of the bag it seems. Let's do this! #Takei2018," Takei wrote. He then linked to a Daily Buzz article which claimed Takei had spoken with the outlet.
Well, the cat's out of the bag it seems. Let's do this! #Takei2018 https://t.co/Wf7qvV1eXj
- George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 1, 2017
Takei, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and his administration, was quoted to say, "With what is going on now in the country, I couldn't stand by any longer merely as a citizen. I knew I had to take a bigger stand. So that's why I'm running for Congress. My hope is to challenge Davin Nunes for his seat in 2018."
Nunes, the house intelligence committee chairman, has come under fire recently for his investigation into possible collusion between Trump and Russia during the 2016 election. Critics, such as Takei, have accused Nunes of being too soft on Trump.
The timing of Takei's announcement raised red flags, as dubious fans and friends of Takei were unsure whether the announcement was an April Fool's Day joke or an actual declaration of the actor's foray into politics. "Really? Honestly?" Nancy Sinatra replied to Takei's tweet, while Mark Ruffalo deemed it "great news."
@GeorgeTakei Really? Honestly?
- Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) April 1, 2017
@GeorgeTakei I hope you can count me as one of your early endorsers!! This is great news!
- Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) April 1, 2017
A request for comment from Takei was not immediately returned.