Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn’t the most popular or effective governor of California. He was elected on the promise of reform, and didn’t really accomplish much of note. However, now outside of politics and unhindered by the office, he can say whatever he wants.
Today. the former governor of California and mega-movie star took to the internet to teach Donald Trump how to condemn hatred. In a video on the website ATTN:, Schwarzenegger began, “There are not two sides to bigotry, and there are not two sides to hatred. And if you choose to march with a flag that symbolizes the slaughter of millions of people, there are not two sides to that.”
Schwarzenegger’s video was a response to Trump’s claim that there were “very fine people on both sides” of the Charlottesville incident, in which white supremacists, who carried Nazi and Confederate flags, clashed with counterprotesters.
He spoke directly to Trump, saying, “As president of this great country, you have a moral responsibility to send an unequivocal message that you won’t stand for hate and racism.”
Many have sharply renounced Trump’s comments on Charlottesville, so Schwarzenegger helped write a more fitting speech. He said, “As president of the United States and as a Republican, I reject the support of white supremacists. The country that defeated Hitler’s armies is no place for Nazi flags. The party of Lincoln won’t stand with those who carry the battle flag of the failed Confederacy.”
He ended the video by saying that people must stand up to hatred and urged people to donate to their favorite anti-hate group.