Schwarzenegger on Trump: I Wanted to ‘Smash His Face’
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger slammed President Trump in an interview on Monday, saying he wanted to “smash his face.”
The Hill reports:
Last month, Trump mocked the action film star’s ratings as host of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” which have been well below those of the president when he hosted the NBC reality show.
“I called my assistant and said, ‘I think what we really should do is request a meeting and go back to New York,’ ” Schwarzenegger said, pausing for emphasis. “And then we just smash his face into the table.”
Schwarzenegger added that he ultimately tried to take the high road.
“And then I think, ‘We can’t do that, either,’ ” he said. “I think I have to be above all that and put him on the spot. Don’t get into a stinking contest with a skunk.”
“Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got ‘swamped’ or (destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT,” Trump tweeted Jan. 6.
“So much for … being a movie star – and that was season 1 compared to season 14,” added Trump, who hosted the reality television series before becoming president. “Now compare him to my season 1.
“But who cares, he supported [2016 GOP presidential candidate John] Kasich and [2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary] Clinton.”
Schwarzenegger shot back at Trump later that day, writing on Twitter that he hoped the president would “work for ALL of the American people as aggressively as you worked for ratings.”
Trump and Schwarzenegger have since repeatedly traded verbal jabs, with the latter deriding several of the president’s policies.
Schwarzenegger blasted Trump’s temporary ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations, arguing it “makes us look stupid” and calling the order “hasty” and “crazy.”
The actor said in Monday’s interview that he’s being more dignified about the disagreement than Trump is.
“I sound more presidential and more diplomatic and more elder-statesmen,” Schwarzenegger said. “That’s exactly the way Donald should be.”
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