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George Takei Blasts Muslim Registry As 'Prelude To Internment' | The Huffington Post EDITION US عربي (Arabi) Australia Brasil Canada Deutschland España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb México Québec (En Francais) United Kingdom United States INFORM • INSPIRE • ENTERTAIN • EMPOWER NEWS WorldPost Highline Science Education Weird News Business TestKitchen Tech College Media POLITICS Pollster Election Results Eat the Press HuffPost Hill Candidate Confessional So That Happened ENTERTAINMENT Sports Comedy Celebrity Books Entertainment TV Arts + Culture WELLNESS Healthy Living Travel Style Taste Home Weddings Divorce Sleep GPS for the Soul WHAT'S WORKING Impact Green Good News Global Health VOICES Black Voices Latino Voices Women Fifty Religion Queer Voices Parents Teen College VIDEO ALL SECTIONS Arts + Culture Black Voices Books Business Candidate Confessional Celebrity College Comedy Crime Divorce Dolce Vita Eat the Press Education Election Results Entertainment Fifty Good News Green Healthy Living Highline Home Horoscopes HuffPost Data HuffPost Hill Impact Latino Voices Media Outspeak Parents Politics Pollster Queer Voices Religion Science Small Business So That Happened Sports Style Taste Tech Teen TestKitchen Travel TV Weddings Weird News Women WorldPost FEATURED GPS for the Soul Hawaii OWN Dr. Phil Quiet Revolution Talk to Me Don't Stress the Mess Endeavor Fearless Dreamers Generation Now Inspiration Generation Paving the Way The Power Of Humanity Sleep + Wellness What's Working: Purpose + Profit What's Working: Small Businesses ENTERTAINMENT George Takei Blasts Muslim Registry As 'Prelude To Internment' "We've got to stand up and resist this." 11/18/2016 10:03 am ET | Updated 2 hours ago 13k Ron Dicker General Assignment Reporter, The Huffington Post This post has been updated to include a statement from Donald Trump’s transition team. Not in this universe. “Star Trek” veteran  George Takei blasted a Donald Trump surrogate’s contention that the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II set a precedent for a national Muslim registry. The idea of a database that tracks Muslims ― which Trump appeared to fully support when he was asked about it early on the campaign trail ― was seconded by  Carl Higbie Wednesday. In an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, Higby, who served as spokesman for a pro-Trump super PAC, said the proposal would “pass Constitutional muster.” “There is precedent for it,” he said. But Takei, who was interned with his family in wartime , shot back with articulate fury Thursday on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” “It is not a precedent,” Takei said in the MSNBC exchange . “It is the most disgraceful chapter of American history.” “Registration of any group of people, and certainly registration of Muslims, is a prelude to internment,” he said later. “This is something that we cannot have happen again. It is dangerous and it is a moral bankruptcy. We’ve got to stand up and resist this, and I would urge all good Americans to write to your congressional representatives and the president-elect and tell them that this is not what we stand for as a nation.” UPDATE: The president-elect’s transition team issued a denial of Trump’s support for a Muslim registry, despite video evidence  in which he is seen supporting such an idea. “President-elect Trump has never advocated for any registry or system that tracks individuals based on their religion, and to imply otherwise is completely false,” spokesman Jason Miller said in an emailed statement sent to The Huffington Post on Friday. “The national registry of foreign visitors from countries with high terrorism activity that was in place during the Bush and Obama Administrations gave intelligence and law enforcement communities additional tools to keep our country safe, but the President-elect plans on releasing his own vetting policies after he is sworn in.” Check out Takei’s comments ― and a portion of the video where Trump is seen discussing a registry ― in the clip above. Also on HuffPost George Takei Through The Years George Takei Through The Years 1 of 38 "Star Trek" co-stars Nichelle Nichols and George Takei pose backstage at the hit musical "Allegiance" on Dec. 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic) Share this slide: Bruce Glikas via Getty Images More: Donald Trump Muslims Asian Voices Asian American Voices George Takei Suggest a correction Comments Close SUBSCRIBE AND FOLLOW Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements. Learn more 1.1 M 130 K 455 K Podcast Add us on Snapchat George Takei Blasts Muslim Registry As 'Prelude To Internment' NEW! HIGHLIGHT AND SHARE Highlight text to share via Facebook and Twitter CURATED FOR YOU Generated from related, personalized and trending articles. View your news homepage. CONVERSATIONS Advertise RSS Careers FAQ User Agreement Privacy Comment Policy About Us Abou