Okay, so huddle up, team. George Takei just gave us a brilliant analogy of what the Trump presidential candidacy is like, and we’d be wise to listen up.
George Takei, Star Trek icon, LGBT activist, and all-round funny guy, made this point about Trump and his die-hard followers.
Just in case, here’s the transcript of what he said:
Say you’re on a football team, and your coach is retiring. You decide as a team to select a new coach. Along comes this guy who says he’s perfect for the job. “Have you coached football before?” one team member asks. “That doesn’t matter,” the man says “I’m going to be the best coach ever. We’re going to win. We’re going to win and win, because we’re champs.”
“That’s great,” you say. “But how? How are we going to win?”
“What do you mean how? You sound like a loser,” the wanna-be coach says. “I don’t want losers on my team. Why don’t you get out.”
“I think he should stay. He’s allowed to ask how you’re going to coach us,” another teammate says.
“Shut up and let him talk,” says another. “I like this guy. He’s famous, give him respect.” Two of your teammates nod. Now you’re worried. This guy has them believing nonsense.
“Okay, you wanna know?” the man shouts. “Because I’m the best coach there is. I’ve been coaching baseball all my life, too. It’s a lot like football actually. Almost exactly like it. And we won lots of championships. The ladies love my players, too, because they love me. With me, you get to win. There’s no one better than me.” You look around and a few more of your team members are nodding. Are they hearing this guy?
But some team members remain skeptical. “I understand you coached baseball before, but actually, I hear you lost most of the time,” your friend says. “You got to coach baseball because your dad owned the team, but you still lost most of the time.”
“Who the heck are you? Do you even play football? What is it, Juan Carlos? You look like you play soccer, if you know what I mean.” Another team mate laughs. You don’t think it’s funny.
Juan looks at you. You decide not to say anything more. You don’t want any trouble.
“Look, don’t ask me how. The details don’t matter, because we’re going to win. The other teams suck. They’re a bunch of wimps and losers. And I’m the best coach there is, football, baseball, you name it. So how ‘bout it guys? Am I your new coach, or what?”