Actor and former California Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had some strong words for President Donald Trump on Thursday night about neo-Nazis and white supremacists and expressed them in a "lesson" to the president on how to deal with hate issues in the U.S.
Filming himself in a Twitter video and using props, Schwarzenegger got his point across bluntly. The video received more than 100,000 likes in the first 12 hours after Schwarzenegger shared it.
"There are not two sides to bigotry," the former governor said. "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. The only way to beat the loud, angry voices of hate is to meet them with louder, more reasonable voices."
"That includes you, President Trump," Schwarzenegger continued, jabbing his finger at the camera. "In fact, 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. Let me help you write your speech a little bit."
Schwarzenegger later pulled out a bobble-head doll of Trump and played puppeteer with the replica, pretending that he was speaking for Trump.
"The country that defeated Hitler’s armies is no place for Nazi flags,” Schwarzenegger said on behalf of the "president."
He continued: “The party of Lincoln won’t stand with those who carry the battle flag of the failed Confederacy.”
Explaining that he was born in Austria just two years after World War II ended, Schwarzenegger said he knew what it was like to grow up with remnants of Nazi culture in his every day life.
“Growing up, I was surrounded by broken men — men who came home from the war filled with shrapnel and guilt,” Schwarzenegger continued, as powerful imagery of World War II casualties appeared on the video. “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.”
— ATTN: (@attn) August 17, 2017