George Takei Slams Eric Trump After 'Part of the LGBT Community' Remarks

Eric Trump misspoke this week when he appeared to call himself a "part of the LGBT community" and his miswording hasn't gone unnoticed. Star Trek star George Takei was just one loud voice on social media that criticized President Donald Trump's son for failing to actually understand the community, which includes gay, transgender and non-binary people, among others.

"Eric Trump saying he's "part of the LGBT" community is like me saying I'm part of the fantasy football community," Takei, who is gay, wrote on Twitter Tuesday. "I might think I know what a 'tight end' and a 'wide receiver' are, but I would be sorely mistaken."

Eric Trump saying he’s “part of the LGBT” community is like me saying I’m part of the fantasy football community. I might think I know what a “tight end” and a “wide receiver” are, but I would be sorely mistaken.

— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) September 29, 2020

It comes after Trump claimed his father has major support from the LGBT community in an interview with Fox & Friends. "I'm telling you, I see it every day, the LGBT community, they are incredible and you should see how they've come out in full force for my father every single day," Trump began. "I'm part of that community and we love the man and thank you for protecting our neighborhoods and thank you for protecting our cities."

It appears the wording of "I'm part of that community" could have referred to the community of folks who support the president, not the LGBT community. Trump later clarified in a comment to the New York Post.

"To clarify, many of our close friends are part of the LGBT community, which was the intent of my statement — the left has taken that vote for granted for a long time and support from the gay community for my father is incredible," he said. Trump also reminded readers that he's happily married to a woman, Lara Trump.

Still, the mistaken wording sent Twitter users into a frenzy. Many responded to Takei with jokes about Trump's statement and possible misunderstanding of the LGBTQ community as a whole. Others took offense to Trump's original statement. It led to a ferocious debate on Twitter, hardly surprising given the subject matter and the players involved.

George Takei
Honoree George Takei attends PFLAG Gives Thanks: Celebrating Inclusion in the Workplace on November 18, 2019, in New York City. Getty/Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for PFLAG

Eric Trump saying he’s “part of the LGBT” community is like me saying I’m part of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model community which is a blatant lie.

— Bat Morda (she/her)🏳️‍🌈 (@BatMorda) September 29, 2020

He said he was part of the community? Has he ever been scared to tell someone how ebfelt about them because of potential hate? Has he ever lost a friend or family memeber because of who he wants to be with?

...no? I didn't think so.

— Lillix the Wolf🔞 (@Lillix_Wolf) September 29, 2020

I don't see how Eric Trump could be "part of the LGBT" community. He never showed up at the meetings.

I mean he should have at least brought a Jello mold or something.

— OlderButOpen🏳️‍🌈🇺🇸 (@HaydenJ81439319) September 29, 2020

Takei issued this stinging barb: "Well at least now Eric Trump can claim his father doesn't hate him because he's dumb, he hates him because he's part of the LGBT community. (Yes, he really claimed that this morning on Fox.)" he wrote.

Well at least now Eric Trump can claim his father doesn’t hate him because he’s dumb, he hates him because he’s part of the LGBT community. (Yes, he really claimed that this morning on Fox.)

— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) September 29, 2020

Other members of the LGBTQ community joked about disowning Trump if he was, in fact, coming out on Fox & Friends. Others quickly assumed that perhaps the Trump son simply didn't know what LGBT as a term actually meant.

Eric Trump: "The LGBT community, they are incredible. And you should see how they come out in full force for my father every single day. I'm part of that community, and we love the man."

The LGBT community: pic.twitter.com/mV1kPIvIJw

— Ben Yahr (@benyahr) September 29, 2020

Eric Trump: I'm part of the LGBT community.

Did Eric Trump just come out as LGBT or did Eric Trump just come out as not knowing what LGBT means?

— JRehling (@JRehling) September 29, 2020

Eric Trump: "I'm part of [the LGBT] community."

The LGBT community: "No you're not."

— Middle Age Riot (@middleageriot) September 29, 2020

Q: Do you accept Eric Trump with open arms into the LGBT community?

The gays: pic.twitter.com/xdPsm2BLyh

— abigail spanberger stan (@notcapnamerica) September 29, 2020

I was off the grid for an hour this morning, and Eric Trump mistakenly came out as LGBT. Can't leave these idiots alone for a minute.

— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) September 29, 2020