After advising Trump to give up and “switch jobs”, it seems Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided to take matters into his own hands.
He’s posted a video addressing Trump’s support for the actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville. Schwarzenegger explains that, being born in Austria after the Second World War, he grew up with the original failed Nazis.
He describes them as “broken men…filled with schrapnel and guilt. The ghosts that you idolise spent the rest of their years living in shame and right now, they’re resting in hell.”
Schwarzenegger’s first-hand experience of Nazism drowns out Trump’s weak moral justification of white supremacy. But rather than block him out completely, Arnie offers Trump a solution.
“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.
“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 flags of the failed Confederacy.”
Ideologies are always nuanced, and Schwarzenegger addresses this. No-one is born to be hateful and bigoted, and it’s never too late to reform.
“Tell them they are wrong to celebrate an ideology that murdered millions of people. And go home.”