“If Hollywood’s angry, Trump must be doing something right.”
Two years of federal investigations into President Trump and his administration’s ties to Russia culminated in a moment almost made for the big screen on Monday, when Trump took Russian President Vladimir Putin’s words over those of American intelligence agencies.
Within a day, Trump backtracked and accepted agency findings that Russia had interfered with the 2016 presidential election. But the admission came after a major tongue-lashing by actor and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, who called the president a “wet noodle” and a “little fanboy” for his conduct at a press conference following the summit with Putin in Helsinki.
Schwarzenegger, who served as the governor of California from 2003 to 2011, has long been a vocal critic of the president. Most recently in a video on Facebook, he ridiculed Trump’s plan to help the coal and nuclear power plant industries.
Not everyone shares the former governor’s opinions. Yahoo readers went to town in the comments section of a recent Yahoo Entertainment article, many defending the president and reminding Schwarzenegger of his roots.
“Arnold needs to stick with making movies instead of getting into politics,” one commenter wrote of the Terminator star. “As a resident of California for over 40 years, I can say Trump is a far more effective president than Arnie was a governor,” another reader wrote.
“So the president was being presidential during a press conference and keeping peace with Russia and people complain,” one commenter noted. “It seems like everyone nowadays just likes to complain about everything.”
Fans of the president also came to his defense on social media:
Trump is not a political figure, he's a businessman acting as President, which is what this country needed. Business smarts will turn us around. I will never stand for anyone running him down for doing his best at making America great again. Bear that in mind before slamming him.
— David Thomas (@OKSuperDave) July 17, 2018
But many readers connected with Schwarzenegger’s message, some calling on the Austrian-born Republican to run for president on Twitter:
Run for president Arnold, you have to do it ! Get to the (presidential) chopper ! pic.twitter.com/HqctXwFjbA
— Damien C Wall (@wall_clifford) July 17, 2018
“I’d put my money on Arnold any day,” one commenter wrote. “I love that Arnold is for country not party.”
“Pretty sad when someone who wasn’t even born in the U.S. has to point out the lack of patriotism and traitorous acts of someone who was,” wrote another reader.
What do you think? Should celebrities stick to the movies?
Let us know in the comments.
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