Arnold Schwarzenegger Taunts Donald Trump’s Own Failing ‘Ratings’
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Donald Trump, two white men who at (or in Arnold's case, approaching) age 70 have both been reality stars, politicians and movie and TV actors, just can't leave their online feud alone. On the heels of Arnold's recent announcement that the "baggage" that came with hosting The New Celebrity Apprentice led to him leaving the show — baggage that included fielding ratings jabs the president both tweeted and discussed during appearances as Commander-in-Chief — the Terminator star hit back after news of Trump's historically-low new approval rating broke.
A little petty? Sure, but as Trump himself well knows, Twitter is the best medium for petty. But Arnold also used his latest video call to Trump as an opportunity to champion Meals on Wheels and after school programs for kids, two things Trump's budget draft aims to cut out (Trump's budget director Mick Mulvaney says the programs are "just not showing any results" that he has seen).
"Poor Donald," Schwarzenegger says into the camera, in a weirdly dark room. "The ratings are in, and you got swamped," he continues, in reference to Trump's January 6 claim that "Arnold Schwarzenegger got 'swamped' (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT."
"Wow...now you're in the 30s?!" Arnold continued, alluding to the most recent Gallup poll which found Trump with just a 37% approval rate. "But what do you expect? I mean, when you take away after-school programs for children and Meals on Wheels for poor people, that's not what you call making America great again. C'mon! Who is advising you?"
"Let me give you some advice," Schwarzenegger continued. "Go to a middle school. The Hart Middle School, right in Washington, six miles away from the White House. I'll take you there, so you can see the fantastic work that they're doing for these children. Let's do it, huh?"
So there you have it: An olive branch, albeit one bathed in politicking. Perhaps Trump can stop off at Hart Middle School on a Friday before his weekend golfing trip to Mar-a-Lago in Florida (trips which, as the Washington Post reports, cost enough to fund some government agencies for a year).
Trump has yet to issue a public response to Schwarzenegger's invitation; his last tweet was a thanks to attendees of his latest campaign-style rally, this time in Kentucky.
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