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Schwarzenegger Has a Message for Trump About How to Respond to Nazis

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The former California governor, aka the Terminator, recently had a message for President Donald Trump. In a video that was shared widely on Twitter, Arnold Schwarzenegger clarifies that there are not two sides to hate, and offers the president the speech he should have made in response to the violence in Charlottesville.

The Arnold and the Donald have had an internet feud going since Schwarzenegger became the new host of “Celebrity Apprentice,” which used to be Trump’s show. Even though Trump went on to become the president, he couldn’t help but bask in how low the ratings were for Schwarzenegger’s show in a series of tweets. Schwarzenegger then replied with a video over Twitter suggesting they switch jobs, so that people could sleep comfortably again.

In the new video, Schwarzenegger uses a Trump bobble head doll to illustrate what Trump should have said last weekend. He pointed out that as the president of the United States, he has a “moral responsibility to send an unequivocal message” that he condemns hate and racism.

“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 started.

Even more powerful is when Schwarzenegger speaks about what it was like to grow up in post World War II Austria, where he was born in 1947. Describing the men that had come home from the war, he said they were all broken and filled with guilt.

“Men who were misled into a losing ideology. … And these ghosts who you idolize spent the rest of their lives living in shame. And right now they’re resting in hell,” he said. He ended his video with a nod to his classic movies: “Let’s terminate hate.”

In the wake of Charlottesville, Schwarzenegger donated $100,000 to an anti-hate charity, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which he has been working with for many years. He described being heartbroken over the violence. But he also had a more hopeful message for the white supremacists: “You were not born with these hateful views–you can change, grow, and evolve, and I suggest you start immediately.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center was named after Simon Wiesenthal, a concentration camp survivor turned Nazi hunter who Schwarzenegger said he was lucky enough to call a friend. Wiesenthal died in 2005. The center that bears his name now focuses on combating anti-Semitism, hate, and terrorism.

Emma Von Zeipel
Emma Von Zeipel is a staff writer at Law Street Media. She is originally from one of the islands of Stockholm, Sweden. After working for Democratic Voice of Burma in Thailand, she ended up in New York City. She has a BA in journalism from Stockholm University and is passionate about human rights, good books, horses, and European chocolate. Contact Emma at EVonZeipel@LawStreetMedia.com.

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