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April Fools: George Takei jokes he’s running for Congress

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“Star Trek” actor George Takei on Saturday claimed he was running for Congress, before acknowledging it was an April Fools joke. 

“Well, the cat’s out of the bag it seems. Let’s do this! #Takei2018,” Takei tweeted just after midnight, linking to an article on The Daily Buzz claiming Takei will run against House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) in 2018.

Hours later, he admitted it was an April Fools Day joke, before promoting Democrat Jon Ossoff’s run for the open Georgia U.S. House seat.

The Daily Buzz article, posted late Friday, claimed Takei bought a home in Visalia, Calif., within Nunes’s district, and quotes the actor saying: “I think Nunes is vulnerable. And I plan to prove that. People are tired of his ass-kissing of Trump.”

{mosads}It also claims an unnamed Republican lawmaker said: “George Takei carries a lot of weight. People trust him because he speaks his mind. I think Devin [Nunes] should be worried.”

The Daily Buzz, a youth-focused viral website, was a very unlikely source for major political news. The top story on the site’s homepage Saturday morning was headlined “Are Nerds Or Jocks The Bigger Underdogs?”

People and the Hollywood Reporter reported on Takei’s announcement, though both with the caveat that it appeared to be a potential April Fools Day joke.

Takei, 79, has surged in popularity in recent years as a liberal commentator on social media, with nearly 10 million followers on Facebook and another 2 million on Twitter. He is a frequent critic of President Trump, and has made Nunes a top target of late.

Nunez has drawn widespread ire for his handling of the House Intelligence panel’s investigation into Russian election interference. He announced last week that he’d seen evidence that Trump’s transition team was incidentally surveilled after the election, appearing to back up Trump’s claim that former President Obama “wiretapped” him.

It has since been revealed that the day before his announcement, Nunes went to the White House to receive the intel he cited. Reports say two White House officials helped give Nunes the intel that he announced. He has insisted he won’t show the information to the rest of the Intel Committee.


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