Arnold Schwarzenegger sent a message to President Trump in a new video in which he criticized Trump’s response to the attacks in Charlottesville and condemned hate groups. The Austrian-born former California governor and actor said Trump has “a moral responsibility to send an unequivocal message that you won’t stand for hate and racism.”
Schwarzenegger took offense to Trump’s comments that “both sides were responsible” during the Charlottesville clashes between hate groups including neo-Nazis and white nationalists and counter-protesters.
“There are not two sides to bigotry and there are not two sides to hatred,” said Schwarzenegger. “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 only way to beat the loud, angry voices of hate is to meet them with louder, more reasonable voices,” he added.
In the video, Schwarzenegger said that Trump’s speech should say that as president, “I reject the support of white supremacists. The country that defeated Hitler’s armies is no place for Nazi flags.”
Schwarzenegger also called the heroes of hate groups “losers.”
“I have a message to the neo-Nazis, to the white nationalists, and to the neo-Confederates …Your heroes are losers. You are supporting a lost cause. And believe me, I knew the original Nazis, because you see, I was born in Austria in 1947, shortly after the Second World War. And growing up, I was surrounded by broken men, men who came home from a war filled with shrapnel and guilt, men who were misled into a losing ideology. And I can tell you: that these ghosts you idolize spent the rest of their lives living in shame and right now, they’re resting in hell,”
This is Schwarzenegger’s fourth video in a series of installments with ATTN. His previous video featured him speaking out against Trump pulling out of the Paris climate agreement. The video racked up over 77 million views.
“It’s never too late to make the choices to learn and to evolve and to understand that all human beings have equal value,” Schwarzenegger concluded. “You are so lucky to live in a country that gives you every right to say horrible things, but think about how you can actually use that power for something good.”
Watch the rest of Schwarzenegger’s comments on President Trump and Charlottesville below.