The gloves have come off and Arnold Schwarzenegger has called out President Donald Trump on Thursday. He wants Trump to stand up and send the undeniable message that the racism and hate seen last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, will not be tolerated. And he wants the president to send a message rejecting the notion that the blame of violence should be laid on all sides that were at the event.
The former California governor said that there are not two sides to hatred or bigotry. In a video interview with the website ATTN, Schwarzenegger stated that marching under a flag that reminds people of, and is a symbol of millions of people who were slaughtered, there is not a right side to that.
The comments followed Trump’s news conference on Tuesday where he blamed both sides of the Saturday rally be white supremacists in Virginia that resulted in dozens being injured and one person’s death.
The White House did release a rebuke of the hate groups who were at the rally, but Trump repeatedly wavers in statements about the situation. He has even called the violence a mutual aggressive display by both the white nationalists (Neo-Nazis and Klu Klux Klan) and those that were there counter protesting. Initially, Trump failed to denounce the white supremacists, and that drew scorn and criticism from business executives, Republican lawmakers, and the military.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has repeatedly voiced his opinion, speaking out against the president, specifically during the 2016 campaign. He endorsed John Kasich, and when Trump locked up the Republican nomination, he vowed not to vote for him. After entering the White House, Trump has seen sharp criticism coming from the former Republican governor, specifically over the decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.
During the video interview, Schwarzenegger begged Trump to condemn the violence and hatred in Charlottesville, as he is obligated to as the top politician in the U.S. He said the only way to come out victorious over the angry and loud voices of hate is to reply with louder, more reasonable voices, especially from the president.
The Austrian native started out early in his career as a body builder. He slide into movies, most famously portraying the futuristic robot killer, the Terminator, before moving into politics and becoming the governor of California. He spoke not only to Trump, but also those supporting the foot soldiers of the white nationalist movement in Charlottesville, calling on his own experiences with Nazism in Europe following World War II. He said he was surrounded by men who were misled by an ideology that was full of hate and bigotry. Arnold Schwarzenegger was born two years after the end of the war in Europe.
By Cletus Dillwood
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