- The Washington Times - Monday, March 7, 2016

Actor and LGBT activist George Takei mocked Donald Trump’s rambling interview style in a Facebook post that’s gone viral.

In a post Sunday morning that’s been shared nearly 80,000 times, the former “Star Trek” star described how Mr. Trump might respond to the question, “What’s 2 plus 2?”

“I have to say a lot of people have been asking this question,” Mr. Takei wrote, pretending to be Mr. Trump. “No, really. A lot of people come up to me and they ask me. They say, ‘What’s 2+2’? And I tell them look, we know what 2+2 is. We’ve had almost eight years of the worst kind of math you can imagine. Oh my God, I can’t believe it. Addition and subtraction of the 1s the 2s and the 3s. It’s terrible. It’s just terrible.

“Look, if you want to know what 2+2 is, do you want to know what 2+2 is? I’ll tell you,” Mr. Takei continued. “First of all the number 2, by the way, I love the number 2. It’s probably my favorite number, no it is my favorite number. You know what, it’s probably more like the number two but with a lot of zeros behind it. A lot. If I’m being honest, I mean, if I’m being honest. I like a lot of zeros. Except for Marco Rubio, now he’s a zero that I don’t like. Though, I probably shouldn’t say that. He’s a nice guy but he’s like, ‘10101000101,’ on and on, like that. He’s like a computer! You know what I mean? He’s like a computer. I don’t know. I mean, you know.

“So, we have all these numbers, and we can add them and subtract them and add them. TIMES them even. Did you know that? We can times them OR divide them, they don’t tell you that, and I’ll tell you, no one is better at the order of operations than me,” the post concluded. “You wouldn’t believe it. So, we’re gonna be the best on 2+2, believe me.”

More than 197,000 people have reacted to Mr. Takei’s post since Sunday morning.

Mr. Takei later credited Facebook user Steven Edwards, who had written the nearly identical joke on his personal page Thursday.

“I wish he had attributed my name and used my final edit,” Mr. Edwards wrote in a separate post, adding that he was “crushed.”

George Takei give credit where credit is due!!!!!” one Facebook user complained.

According to the edit history of Mr. Takei’s post, the “Credit: Steven Edwards” wasn’t added until Monday afternoon.

Mr. Takei explained to The Washington Times: “I simply reposted it from a comment a fan made in another post. Wasn’t sure where that fan had gotten it or if it was something he’d made up. I put in quotes waiting for someone to come forward.”

Mr. Edwards’ original post has been shared more than 1,400 times.

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