William Shatner, who is also a Canadian and, unlike Cruz, not remorseful about it, took time off from hanging around with Kaley Cuoco, which is a pretty heroic sacrifice by itself, to Tweet back at Cruz that he was full of excrement, because the original Star Trek was completely unpolitical. It's true that none of the episodes I have seen, and I was a fan in my extreme youth, featured Kirk, whose back story included the fact that he was born in Iowa, ordering the Enterprise to warp drive over there so he could participate in the first-in-the-universe Iowa Caucuses.
Cruz also praised the original series' efforts to promote racial equality, because the bridge of the Enterprise was manned by a standard white male, Kirk (who, naturally, was in charge-Cruz is not the type to get carried away with this equality thing), a black female, Lieutenant Uhura, and a biracial male, First Officer Spock. There was an Asian guy who fought stereotyping by actually driving the ship, Commander Sulu, who also turned out to be a closeted gay man, which is the type of gay man Cruz feels most comfortable with. No wonder Cruz fantasizes about hanging out there.
The series also celebrated the sexual equality between all men and all women who wear makeup well and look good in short skirts. Most of the plots involved Kirk, space rake that he was (or is, or will be--commenting on an old TV series set in the future always involves some verb tense difficulties), going to some alien world and flipping some space tail. In the Star Trek universe, there was no shortage of attractive humanoid females on their various lonely planets, and they all gave themselves up like truck stop hookers as soon as Kirk beamed down their way. Is the fact that Kirk, instead of striking out on his own, or at least with just a single wingman, needed an entire starship and crew to get next to some space strange that makes him a Republican? That is not a flattering portrayal of the GOP.
I can't defend Picard much, as I never watched much of the Next Generation. I guess he was more of a relationship builder than a serial philanderer, which might be what earns him Cruz's contempt, although in fairness to Picard I believe the series aired before the present, infinitely better era of bald guys being able to get sex was started by Michael Jordan.
So it really wasn't Picard's fault he couldn't score like James T, although he certainly can be faulted for having a French name.
Cruz went on to say that he preferred Han Solo to Darth Vader. Well, duh. Who doesn't prefer a rogue interstellar smuggler to a megalomaniac who is so pissed off that they haven't found a cure for his asthma in the distant future better than wearing an ugly, uncomfortable helmet that he blows up planets out of sheer spite?
Cruz also claimed to be a fan of Spiderman, who, as detailed previously here, is a known Democrat.
So I'm not thinking that Cruz is as really knowledgeable about pretend universes as he claims to be. He should stick to reality, although in his case it's a reality where the United Nations wants to destroy all the world's golf courses.
Just beam me up, would you?