Arnold Schwarzenegger Asks Americans To 'Terminate Hate' In Powerful Response To Charlottesville

He also has a message for Trump.

In a new video, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger sends a clear message to President Donald Trump, white supremacists, and the country, that the hatred on display in Charlottesville last weekend will not be tolerated.

"There are not two sides to bigotry. There are not two sides to hatred," Schwarzenegger begins his video, which was posted to social media on Thursday by ATTN: — a clear reference to Trump's statements placing blame on "both sides" for the events in Charlottesville. "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 actor and former bodybuilder, who continues to speak out on political issues since leaving office, went on to share the speech he thinks Trump should have made condemning hate and racism — which Schwarzenegger called his "moral responsibility."

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 flag of the failed Confederacy.

"Was that that difficult?" he then asked a bobblehead version of Trump on his desk. "You see, I told you."

But Schwarzenegger didn't just address his message to Trump. He also had a few things to say to the white nationalists who participated in the Charlottesville rally. "Your heroes are losers," he told them. "You are supporting a lost cause."

The former governor then drew on his own experience growing up in Austria after World War II, where he says he witnessed "men who came home from the war filled with shrapnel and guilt ... who were misled into a losing ideology." He reminded those who adhere to such hateful beliefs that it's not too late to learn, and that they can instead use their right to free speech for good.

Earlier this week, Schwarzenegger posted about the events in Charlottesville on his Facebook page, sending his condolences to the family of Heather Heyer and the two state troopers killed in a nearby helicopter crash. He also shared that he was donating $100,000 to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an anti-hate organization with whom he has worked for decades. Wiesenthal was a Holocaust survivor and a Nazi hunter, whom Schwarzenegger says he was "lucky to call a friend."

In his video message, Schwarzenegger encouraged his fellow Americans to support anti-hate organizations of their choosing, to help "terminate hate" — a reference to his famous Terminator character. He's even selling shirts sporting the phrase, with all proceeds going to the SWC's Museum of Tolerance.

"This is a difficult time for our country, of course," Schwarzenegger said. "But I know that if we all have the courage to do something about it, to do the right thing, we'll come out stronger in the end."

The ATTN: video has already received more than 100,000 retweets since it was posted Thursday. Many have responded positively to his message.

"The only way to beat the loud angry voices of hate is to meet them with louder, more reasonable voices," Schwarzenegger shared in his video — and that's exactly what he's doing.

Cover image via Shutterstock /Joe Seer.


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