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Actor William Shatner of “Star Trek” fame has made it clear that he has no interest in getting involved in American politics — mainly because he happens to be Canadian.

When asked about his politically minded costar George Takei or controversial American President Donald Trump, Shatner has always given the same response:

“I don’t want to discuss Trump or Takei. Listen, I’m Canadian and I’m apolitical. I love America. I consider myself a guest here.”

But where Shatner apparently draws the line is the forced removal of history — via artwork and monuments — from the nation where he says he has been honored to spend time as a guest.

It all started when a few folks found out that Shatner had donated some money that was used to build a Louisville, Kentucky, statue of acclaimed horseman and American Gen. John B. Castleman — understandable, since Shatner is an avid horseman and elite breeder himself.

But then they found out that Castleman had also served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War:

So began the drama:

Not content to leave well enough alone, someone had to jump in and prove his point for him:

But Shatner wasn't having it, pointing out that the statue was clearly not depicting Cattleman in any military dress, Confederate or otherwise:

And Shatner wasn't wrong. This is what the offending statue looks like:

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Some tried to warn Shatner that it was just going to get worse:

But it was already too late:

Resigned to his fate, Shatner decided to teach his critics a brief history lesson:

Clearly, nothing was sinking in:

Wait, who? Remember, we're talking about John B. Castleman. This guy:

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Not this guy:

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Shatner was ready for it, however:

And still the attacks kept coming:

And still, Shatner held his ground:

Well played, Captain.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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